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Tennis, Anyone?

Jill David et al


Students develop various drills to enhance tennis skills. Students practice the drills and use self-assessment.


The student selects and uses a variety of speaking strategies to clarify meaning and to reflect understanding, interpretation, application, and evaluation of content, processes, or experiences, including asking relevant questions when necessary, making appropriate and meaningful comments, and making insightful observations.

The student uses details, illustrations, analogies, and visual aids to make oral presentations that inform, persuade, or entertain.

The student explains that all forces come in pairs commonly called action and reaction.

The student demonstrates competency or proficiency in self-selected activities.

The student understands how the laws of motion apply to the acquisition and improvement of skills.

The student knows how to analyze, evaluate, and implement the mechanical principles of balance, force, and leverage that apply directly to self-selected activities.

The student knows how to evaluate one's own skilled performances.

The student maintains and improves motor skills and knowledge necessary for participation in beneficial physical activity.


-Chart paper
-Tennis rackets
-Tennis balls


1. Duplicate student copies of the rubric.
2. Secure one tennis racket for each student and as many tennis balls as possible.
3. Familiarize students with each of the basic tennis shots.


Authentic Context:
You are captain of the tennis team and have been asked by your coach to develop a series of drills to improve your teammates' tennis skills and knowledge of the game. Once the drills have been designed, have your teammates practice the drills and assist them in self-assessing their improvement in the skills.

This activity is intended to be done at the end of a tennis unit or after students have been instructed on forehand, backhand, service receive, serve, volley, lob, and overhead.

1. Review the seven shots (listed above) previously taught.

2. Divide the class into groups of five students. In their small groups, students should brainstorm possible drills for improving skills for playing tennis. Record the responses on chart paper.

3. Individually, have students select four of the seven shots and design a series of four drills for playing and improving those tennis skills. Students may select the method or format by which they will teach the drills to the other members of their group (e.g., written descriptions with illustrations, videotape, live demonstration). In addition, each student will submit a written explanation of the objectives of each drill to the teacher.

4. Each day, in their small groups, one student (the coach) will take a turn and instruct the other members of the group in the execution of the drills. Group members will be given time to practice the drills.

5. Peers and teacher may assess the coach using the suggested rubric.


Suggested Rubric for Tennis Drills (see Associated File)


Students may self-reflect by telling how improving motor skills is beneficial and necessary for participation in physical activities beecause.........
Students may propose an alternative drill designed to maximize development of a skill the teacher chooses.

Attached Files

Rubric for Tennis Drill     File Extension: pdf

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