Jackie Robinson Teacher Resources
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New Review Breaking Baseball’s Color Barrier
Examine themes of racism and perseverance with a study of Jackie Robinson. Class members analyze his baseball card, read historical background, and work in pairs to discuss the material and complete a brief writing assignment.
5th - 8th English Language Arts
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.
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Score a home run with this packet of information on the very first player of the Negro League to be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame — cultural groundbreaker and sports legend Satchel Paige. These worksheets include a brief history of Paige's life and career, a description of the Negro League and other major players, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle, and a coloring worksheet.
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Jackie Robinson, WWII, and the Integration of Baseball
Learners interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this integration of baseball lesson, students examine sources regarding the Jim Crow laws, Jackie Robinson, and race relations during World War II. Learners analyze documents and write essays that address the topics.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
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.
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Jim Crow Lesson Plan
Jackie Robinson's attempt to earn a spot on the 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers provides learners with an opportunity to examine the Jim Crow laws and revisit issues of segregation and integration. "The Unconquerable Doing the Impossible: Jackie Robinson's 1946 Spring Training in Jim Crow Florida," The article on which the lesson is based is not included; however it is easily available on the Internet.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
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.
6th - 10th English Language Arts
Jackie Robinson and Civil Rights
Middle schoolers 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.
6th - 8th 21st Century Skills
A Lesson Before Dying: Character Development
What characteristics would your class attribute to a hero? Have them explore heroic acts and character development with a lesson from Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying. After discussing a handout, readers decide if small acts can be heroic, and determine which characters from the book are like Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Black History Month - Past to Present
Learners complete a unit on Black History Month. They explore various websites, develop a timeline of Dr. King's life, create a travel brochure for the King Center, design a commercial starring Jesse Owens, design a baseball card for Jackie Robinson, and create a poster illustrating an African American woman's accomplishments.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Baseball and Race in the United States
Students examine Jim Crow baseball practices. In this history of baseball lesson, students discover the stories of African Americans who fought for to desegregate baseball. Students study and discuss primary resources regarding the topic and determine why baseball changed in the 1940's.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
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 lesson.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts