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Remembering Jackie Robinson
Students create a list of famous African Americans, then read a news article about Jackie Robinson. In this current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news piece and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Jackie Robinson, WWII, and the Integration of Baseball
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this integration of baseball instructional activity, students examine sources regarding the Jim Crow laws, Jackie Robinson, and race relations during World War II. Students analyze documents and write essays that address the topics.
Using Primary Sources to Learn More About Jackie Robinson
Students utilize primary sources to learn about Jackie Robinson. In this research skills lesson, students develop a KWL chart on Jackie Robinson and discuss how primary sources can be used for research. Students conduct research on Jackie Robinson and discuss their findings.
Jackie Robinson and Civil Rights
Students complete a worksheet and study key vocabulary while researching the biography of Jackie Robinson and the Civil Rights Movement. They chose another Civil Rights leader to investigate and present to the rest of the class before participating in a full class discussion.
Events and Effects
Explore the plot structure in biographies. First, read the biography The Story of Jackie Robinson, Bravest Man in Baseball and identify specific events that possibly changed the life of Jackie Robinson. As you guide your listeners, they record these events on an "events and effects" chart. Then, after group practice, individuals take on the role of a reporter and explain the effects of Jackie being signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Kids will love taking on this role!
Genre Lesson: Biography/Autobiography
Is it a biography or an autobiography? Kids discover point of view as they listen to you tell a story about yourself (first person) and then hear two volunteers retell the story: one to you (second person) and one to them (third person). They apply these concepts, comparing and contrasting biographies and autobiographies. Use the lecture notes to explain prefixes in each word and context strategies to define a passage as one of the two genres. There are two short passage examples you can use. Do one together, asking kids to point out clue words that helped them identify the genre. As an added extension, find a reading packet for The Story of Jackie Robinson, Bravest Man in Baseball; kids begin by deciding the genre and can continue completing the packet as they read.
Baseball: The Tenth Inning
Bring the historical relevance of baseball into the classroom, as pupils discover the lessons learned from the breaking of baseball's color barrier by Jackie Robinson. Learners view video and analyze Robinson’s character, as well as his contributions to baseball and civil rights. From their findings, they create character sketches for Robinson and many of the people who surrounded him. The sketches help with producing historical skits that display the important moments from Robinson’s life. It includes quality worksheets for each activity, and a rubric for the skits. The resource can be modified to include a creative writing assignment instead of skits.
Retelling A Life
Use comic strip format to help organize and sequence events in a story. The lesson here focuses on The Story of Jackie Robinson: Bravest Man in Baseball; however, this strategy could be used for summarizing any text. Pupils must choose what is important enough to include and put events in the proper order, including a caption and an image. Access the materials with a free account at the hosting site.
Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate
Students examine the life of Jackie Robinson and the ways in which he and they can influence government policy.
Fifth graders utilize text features. In this text features activity students read The Story of Jackie Robinson: Bravest Man in Baseball by Margaret Davidson. Students use clues from the table of contents, illustrations, and timeline to answer questions.
Jackie Robinson, A Black Hero
Students examine the life of Jackie Robinson and how he opened the door for other African American athletes. They identify how one person can make a difference by their actions. They write about the responsiblity of citizens to end the instructional activity.
Jackie Robinson, A Black Hero
Students explore the meaning of the word hero. In this philanthropy lesson, students examine what the word hero means as they discover Jackie Robinson and hits contributions to society.
Breaking the Color Barrier: Jackie Robinson's Combat Against Racism
Young scholars explore Jackie Robinson's career. In this 20th century American history lesson, students complete the provided analysis questions based on the provided primary documents about Jackie Robinson. Young scholars discuss Jackie' Robinson's perseverance and his accomplishments.
Crossing the Line: Jackie Robinson
Students participate in viewing The National Pastime, a film about Jackie Robinson's life. They discuss how Robinson was a hero and how they can learn from him. They work in groups using a graphic organizer to analyze Jackie Robinson traits and accomplishments.
The Unconquerable Doing the Impossible: Jackie Robinson's 1946 Spring Training in Jim Crow Florida
Students examine Jackie Robinson's role in the Civil Rights movement. They read an essay and watch a video about his spring training in 1946. They answer questions about the material and discuss.
Students describe contributions made by Jackie Robinson.
Bio-Poems: Go Jackie Robinson Go!
Fifth graders view pictures as primary sources to gather information about Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play major league baseball. In this Jackie Robinson lesson, 5th graders research Jackie Robinson and write a Bio-poem. Students share finished poems.
Jackie Robinson Taught Us More Than Baseball
Students read a book about Jackie Robinson and then learn about the ideas of segregation, prejudice, self-control, humiliation, and hostility. For this Jackie Robinson lesson, students read the book Teammates and discuss the topics within. Students work in groups to answer assigned questions about the book and topics. Students then write an individual response to a main idea question for the book.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Students complete a unit on the origins of baseball. They explore various websites, write a biography for Jackie Robinson, develop a table listing facts about five stadiums, create a flow chart outlining the historical events of the formation of a team, and write a persuasive letter nominating a player to the Hall of Fame.
Doing the Right Thing
Middle schoolers consider the payoffs of doing the right thing. In this philanthropy lesson, students examine the virtue of courage in Jackie Robinson's life and in their own.