Step Up to the Plate Poetry

Step Up to the Plate Poetry
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While most students know and love the game of baseball, many do not realize that the great African American players in the major leagues today would not have been allowed to play in the first half of the 20th Century. Segregation existed in the country and in baseball. Using computer resources to study the Negro Baseball Leagues, students will learn about the players, teams, and social conditions that existed from the 1900's until 1946. They will culminate their study by using poetry forms to express their knowledge and their feelings about this historical time in the United States.

Graphic organizers to use with the Unit are the following:

"Casey at the Bat" poem by Ernest Thayer
"I Dream a World" poem by Langston Hughes
Poetry Questions
Poem Interpretation Graphic Organizer
K/W/L Chart for recording data
Poetry Task
Poetry Rubric
Introduction to the Negro Leagues
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