Jackie Robinson - Mini Biography

You may know of Jackie Robinson as the first African-American man to play baseball in the major league, but did you know that Robinson also fought for civil rights while serving in the military and after his years as a professional baseball player? You don't want to miss this fantastic short video on the life and career of Jackie Robinson.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • This is an excellent resource to present during Black History Month or a study of the civil rights movement
  • Have learners write a journal entry in which they consider Robinson's perspective entering the major leagues
  • As an extension activity, have learners research which historical figures helped to break the color barrier in other sports
Classroom Considerations

  • Queue the video to skip the initial third-party advertisement
Pros

  • Includes photos and video clips from the historical period
  • Excellent overview of Robinson's career and accomplishments
  • Inspirational content
Cons

  • None