This is a whole class study of the challenging biography Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America by his daughter, Sharon Robinson.
Students will read selected segments and analyze Jackie Robinson as a specific example of an athlete who served as a leader who broke barriers in society. They will also begin to study argumentative writing, analyzing how the author provides evidence to support her opinions.
Students will build their research skills by reading informational texts and build their skills to write arguments based on multiple sources, focusing on crafting clear opinions and providing sufficient reasons and evidence.
For the final performance task, each student will write a letter to a publishing company explaining the need for a biography about their selected athlete, in which they discuss the athlete, evaluate the barriers that he/she broke during the era in which he/she lived, and give an opinion about the importance of that athlete’s impact on American society. They must support their opinions with evidence from their research.