Drs. Ronald Spores, John Pohl and Stephanie Wood (Photo by Lisa Sragovicz NEH Participant, 2010)

ACTIVITY 6 Interdepartmental Collaboration

Spanish class and a physical education class will collaborate by sharing information and playing a competitive game of ball. A discussion about team sports, sports and society and sport violence will follow.
The class will:
  1. present an overview of the Mesoamerican Ballgame in English to a physical education class
  2. instruct and play "pelota mesoamericana"
  3. moderate a discussion about
  • North American football and issues of brutality
  • extreme sports
  • risk of injury to athletes
  • representational art on clothing and memorabilia
  • sport themes in literature and film
  • examples of the importance of sports in society

4. use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast sports in the USA to ancient Mesoamerica (Compare and Contrast Diagram.pdf)