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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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ELEMENTARY GRADES

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PRE-VISIT GAME Play our kahoot! game before YOUR visit

ELEMENTARY GRADES

 

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL


PREVIEW YOUR VISIT SOCIAL NARRATIVE

Go over the Museum field trip experience with your class ahead of your visit.


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Activities

TEAM PLAYER PENNANTS

Design a pennant showing what it means to be a team player!

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LIVING LEGACY BASEBALL CARDS

Make a trading card for someone you think represents Jackie Robinson’s legacy!

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SPEAK OUT! POSTERS

Speak your mind with powerful poster-making!

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READING LIST

PICTURE BOOKS FOR EARLY ELEMENTARY

  • Jackie Robinson by Philip Abraham (2003)
  • Jackie Robinson by David A. Adler (2005)
  • What’s your story, Jackie Robinson? by Emma Carlson Berne (2005)
  • My little golden book about Jackie Robinson by Frank Berrios and Betsy Bauer (2018)
  • Stealing Home by Robert Burleigh (2007)
  • Young Jackie Robinson: Baseball Hero by Edward Farrell and Dennis Stuart (2006)
  • Teammates by Peter Golenbock (1990)
  • Graphic Biography Jackie Robinson (2008)
  • Jackie and Me: A Very Special Friendship by Tania Grossinger (2013)
  • Jackie Robinson (Cobblestone Publishing, 2000)
  • Play ball, Jackie! by Stephen Krensky and Joe Morse (2015)
  • Jackie’s bat by Marybeth Lorbiecki (2006)
  • Jackie Robinson by Wil Mara (2002)
  • The Negro Leagues by Gregory N. Peters (2014)
  • Always, Jackie by Ron Rabinovitz, J. Patrick Lewis, and John Thompson (2020)
  • Jackie Robinson: American Hero by Sharon Robinson (2013)
  • Testing the ice: A true story about Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson (2009)
  • Jackie’s gift by Sharon Robinson and E. B. Lewis (2010)

CHAPTER BOOKS FOR UPPER ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • Barrier Breaker #1: Jackie Robinson, by Yohuru Williams and Michael G. Long, a comic developed by the NYCDOE Civics for All and Social Studies teams. Download at WeTeachNYC.org.
  • The official Baseball Hall of Fame story of Jackie Robinson by Mark Alvarez (2005)
  • Breaking Barriers: The Story of Jackie Robinson (Tangled History) by Michael Burgan (2018)
  • Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball by Laurie Collier Hillstrome (2013)
  • In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord (1984)
  • 42 is not just a number by Doreen Rappaport (2019)
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (2020)
  • Child of the Dream by Sharon Robinson (2019)
  • The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend by Sharon Robinson (2016)
  • Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By by Sharon Robinson (2002)
  • Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America by Sharon Robinson (2004)
  • Call Him Jack: The Story of Jackie Robinson, Black Freedom Fighter by Yohuru Williams and Michael G. Long (2022)

BOOKS FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND UP

  • Black Baseball, 1858-1900 by James E. Brunson (2019)
  • It’s Good to be Alive by Roy Campanella (1995)
  • Two Pioneers: How Hank Greenberg and Jackie Robinson Transformed Baseball and America by Robert C. Cottrell (2012)  
  • Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports, and the American Dream by Joseph Dorinson and Joram Warmund (1998)
  • Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season by Jonathan Eig (2007)
  • What I Learned from Jackie Robinson by Carl Erskine (2005)
  • After Jackie: Pride, Prejudice, and Baseball’s Forgotten Heroes by Cal Fussman (2007)
  • Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers by Peter Golenbock (2010)
  • Rickey & Robinson by Roger Kahn (2014)
  • Jackie and Campy: The Untold Story of their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball’s Color Line by William C. Kashatus (2014)
  • Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Spring Training by Chris Lamb (2004)
  • Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life After Baseball by Michael G. Long (2013)
  • First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson by Michael G. Long (2007)
  • Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman by Lee Lowenfish (2009)
  • Jackie Robinson in Quotes, edited by Danny Peary (2016)
  • Jackie Robinson: A Biography by Arnold Ramersad (1998)
  • Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game by Rob Ruck (2011)
  • Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball by Scott Simon (2002)
  • The Team that Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, edited by Lyle Spats, ed. (2012)
  • Baseball’s Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy by Jules Tygiel (1997)
  • Extra Bases: Reflections on Jackie Robinson, Race, and Baseball History by Jules Tygiel (2002)
  • Jackie Robinson and the American Dilemma (Library of American Biography) by John R. M. Wilson (2009)
  • Jackie Robinson and Race in America: A Brief History with Documents by Thomas W. Zeiler (2013)

BOOKS BY JACKIE AND RACHEL ROBINSON

  • I Never Had it Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson by Jackie Robinson and Alfred Duckett, with introductions by Hank Aaron and Cornel West. (2004)
  • Baseball Has Done It by Jackie Robinson, with an introduction by Spike Lee (2005)
  • Jackie Robinson: In Intimate Portrait by Rachel Robinson with Lee Daniels. Foreword by Roger Wilkins. (1996)
  • Wait Till Next Year: The Story of Jackie Robinson by Carl Rowan and Jackie Robinson (1960)

LEARNING GUIDE JACKIE ROBINSON: LIFE IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT

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