Lessons & Units

The Story of Jackie Robinson, Bravest Man in Baseball 5th Grade Unit

Genre
Biography
Concepts Taught
Cause and Effect, Character, Classify and Categorize, Fact and Opinion, Point of View, Sequence, Voice

Lessons

Genre Lesson Biography/Autobiography Distinguish biography and autobiography using a story’s point of view.
Lesson 1 Author’s Opinion Infer an author’s unstated opinion about a subject using facts from the text.
Lesson 2 Retelling a Life Retell the events in the life of a main character.
Lesson 3 Events and Effects Explain the impact of a significant experience on a person’s life.
Lesson 4 Text Features Use a text feature to find and explain facts in a text.

Build Background Knowledge

Build background knowledge for this unit by introducing students to the history of baseball. Baseball is the oldest American league sport. It is often referred to as "America's pastime." Prior to the Civil War, Americans played cricket, a British game, and variations of street baseball. Soon, New York style baseball formed a national league, and within 10 years there were well over 100 clubs around the country. At this time, African Americans were not allowed to join the leagues. White teams faced off with African American teams in "barnstorming" competitions that were just for show. African American players were barred (not allowed) from playing in professional leagues. (Barnstorming is when fighter planes and jets put on a show for an audience. In baseball, this means that the games were just for show or fun). White managers tried to "sneak" African American players onto the team by describing them as American Indians or Hispanic, but often they were reprimanded for this effort. In Cuba and Central America, baseball was not segregated by race. Eventually, this caused African Americans to form their own league called the Negro National League, which Jackie Robinson played for before being recruited to play for Branch Rickey. Explain that baseball, the all-American sport, often reflected the prejudices in American culture at different times in history.

Pacing Guide

Pacing Guide for The Story of Jackie Robinson, Bravest Man in Baseball

Day 1

Begin Genre Lesson (through Guided Practice)

Begin Reading The Story of Jackie Robinson, Bravest Man in Baseball,Introductory Letter-Chapter 3

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 1-3

Begin the Genre Lesson Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 2

Finish Reading The Story of Jackie Robinson, Bravest Man in Baseball,Introductory Letter-Chapter 3

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 1-3

Complete the Genre Lesson Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 3

Begin Lesson 1

Day 4

Lesson 1 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 1 in the Student Packet

Day 5

Begin ReadingChapters 4-5

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 4-5

Day 6

Finish ReadingChapters 4-5

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 4-5

Day 7

Begin Lesson 2

Day 8

Lesson 2 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 2 in the Student Packet

Day 9

Begin ReadingChapters 6-8

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 6-8

Day 10

Finish ReadingChapters 6-8

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 6-8

Day 11

Begin Lesson 3

Day 12

Lesson 3 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 3 in the Student Packet

Day 13

Begin ReadingChapters 9-10

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 9-10

Day 14

Finish ReadingChapters 9-10

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 9-10

Day 15

Begin Lesson 4

Day 16

Lesson 4 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 4 in the Student Packet

Day 17

Review for the Unit Assessment

Day 18

Unit Assessment

User Comments

Love the website. Its fun for kids of all ages.
I wish you would offer grades 3 and 4 units as well. These units are well written and cover a lot of information the students need.
Are the students supposed to record the "Concept of Comprehension" on p. 5 of the Student Packet or is the teacher supposed to do that?
Many of the worksheets (including the one you asked about) were originally designed to have students "label" the questions with the corresponding skill/strategy (i.e. Concept of Comprehension). However, that assumes that the students in question have been been explicitly taught all 20 of the skills/strategies in the preceding years leading up to their exposure to the Novel Studies in 5th and 6th grades. As that is likely not the case, consider such 'labeling' optional.
Is there a poster or handout of the Concepts of Comprehension with definitions that can be hung in the classroom somewhere on this website?
Each Skill/Strategy Unit has a Classroom Display that can be accessed from the 'Materials' section. For example, you can print out a 'Voice' poster here: http://www.readworks.org/lessons/grade4/voice
These novel units are very well written. It would be nice to see 2nd-4th grade novel units as well.

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