Jackie Robinson: Athlete and Activist

Can hitting a home run be an act of courage? Scholars analyze the impact Jackie Robinson had on the Civil Rights movement in America. They use primary sources and video clips to create 21st-Century baseball cards of Robinson's many accomplishments. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Brainstorm current sports stars who have changed society in some way
  • Split the class into teams to research related topics like the Jim Crow Laws, Brown v. Board of Education, the Little Rock Nine, etc. and present their findings to the class
  • Place photos of Robinson and the Civil Rights movement around the room prior to the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is designed for 20-40 minutes
  • Video clip assists audio and visual learners
  • Resource includes graphic organizer printable for classroom use
  • None
Common Core