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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.
Students 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. Students analyze documents and write essays that address the topics.
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.
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!
Young scholars 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. Young scholars conduct research on Jackie Robinson and discuss their findings.
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.
Use comic strip format to help organize and sequence events in a story. The instructional activity 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.
Students explore Jackie Robinson's career. In this 20th century American history instructional activity, students complete the provided analysis questions based on the provided primary documents about Jackie Robinson. Students discuss Jackie' Robinson's perseverance and his accomplishments.
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.
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.
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.
Students 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.