Who says teenagers don’t like children’s books? I've found they LOVE them. And what a great teaching tool!
"Teammates" by Peter Golenbock (a book about Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese) is a lesson which reveals children’s literature as a great tool for middle and high school students. Perfect for units on Civil Rights, Black History Month, heroes, racism, overcoming adversity and courage (to name a few), "Teammates" is the story of Jackie Robinson as he joins the Major Leagues. Pee Wee Reese’s response to his teammate is genuine and noteworthy.
Make sure you have a copy of the book "Teammates" by Golenbock. Access to the article "About My Father," written by Jackie Robinson’s daughter, is available at http://www.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/m/mlb_09r1_about_father.pdf Scholastic provides a printable at this website.
This product includes the PowerPoint, lesson plan, and printable worksheets.
Based on the Common Core Standard RL 7.2, students learn to find a central theme in both texts. Using RL 7.9, the class can explore how authors use history within texts- and compare the two selections.
Vocabulary focuses on: central idea, barrier (physical and conceptual), values, and inner strength.
Activities involve summarizing, cooperative learning, revising, etc.
This lesson is great for character-building, too. Who knew Jackie Robinson played basketball, baseball, and football in college in addition to being the national champion at the long jump?
The text also provides great discussion opportunities for how others react to Jackie Robinson, most notably, Pee Wee Reese.
I've found this lesson to be very successful with my 8th graders. I feel sure it will work well with all grades 6-12.
One sample thank you Cootie Catcher is included with this lesson.
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