“Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” Michael Jordan
SEL Connection: Some students are born with charisma and a quick wit but they’re not always the ones that will get an “A” in your class. Then there are the ones who may be a little shy, but they are intelligent and always work diligently to get the best grades. Your classes are full of individuals who value success in different ways.
(1) Claim: Here NBA basketball player Michael Jordan offers a prescription for success. Individual talents can only bring about fleeting successes. Wisdom and teamwork are what are needed to win championships.
(2) Counterclaim: But even the smartest team that works together won’t win championships without individual talent. When the going gets tough, individuals need to step up to ensure success.
(3) Essential Question: Can you be successful on your own?