Books and Passages

Letter from Jackie Robinson on Civil Rights

Passage

http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/passages/1070_letter_from_jackie_robinson_on_civil_rights_0.pdf

Grade: 7
Lexile Level: 1070L
Domain: Civics & Government, U.S. History
Text Type: Informational
Skill/Strategy: Multi Skill/Strategy

Additional Resources

  1. "Letter from Jackie Robinson on Civil Rights" refers to a speech given by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and a transcript can be found on The American Presidency Project by clicking here.

  2. The following are links to a photocopy of the actual letter from Jackie Robinson:
    Page 1
    Page 2


http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/passages/answer_key/letter_from_jackie_robinson_on_civil_rights_answers.pdf

Grade: 7
Lexile Level: 1070L
Domain: Civics & Government, U.S. History
Text Type: Informational
Skill/Strategy: Multi Skill/Strategy

Additional Resources

  1. "Letter from Jackie Robinson on Civil Rights" refers to a speech given by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and a transcript can be found on The American Presidency Project by clicking here.

  2. The following are links to a photocopy of the actual letter from Jackie Robinson:
    Page 1
    Page 2


Vocabulary

http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/bundles/node_14583.pdf
http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/bundles/node_14715.pdf
http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/pages/vocabulary_worksheet_2-8.pdf

Paired Text Lesson

http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/bundles/passages-excerpt-martin-luther-king-jrs-letter-birmingham-city-jail_files.pdf
These texts have been paired because they both reveal the perspectives of prominent African Americans on the Civil Rights movement.
http://www.readworks.org/sites/default/files/passages/paired/ptqs_mlk_birmingham_jackie_robinson_0.pdf

Standards

This Passage & Question Set, related Vocabulary materials, and Paired Text align to the following Common Core Anchor Standards:

Passage & Question Set
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10

Vocabulary Material
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.4
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.6

Paired Text
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.9

Full Standards Descriptions


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.9
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.4
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.6
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.

User Comments

Thanks so much. this will help my students for the PARCC Assessment.

I would like to suggest that you create multiple choice paired text questions as well.

wonderful

the paired text should come with suggested answers.

I suggest you read the passage for yourself, and answer the questions. If you can't answer them, then your students will not be able to either.

Thanks for posting. At this point in time, we do not provide the answer keys for the paired texts. As you know, we are committed to providing the highest quality, research-based content, and providing educators with more and more of it. In order to provide the most value to educators and their students, we felt it was more important to write more paired texts and the questions than writing the answers at this point in time. We wish we could do everything at once, but it will take some time. It is our intention to provide answers for the paired text questions, but we cannot give you a definitive time frame as to when this will happen.

Love it

Wonderful! We just finished a play "Breaking the Color Barrier" and will follow up with this personal letter from Mr. Robinson. Students will do well building on prior knowledge.

Great resource for my ELL students. I like the organization of the various reading levels. Excellent site.

I am a retired teacher who works with the after school programs part time. I am always searching for activities that are not used in the regular school day, but still support the curriculum. Thank you.

Thank you so much for this article. I use ReadWorks frequently for my inclusion classes when I differentiate. Love it!

Excallent resource for my ELL students.I love it.

Excellent!

Wow! To include the real artifact is awesome. Not only did it help with my literature but it showed my athletic boys that being able to write is important. Thank you.

I was looking for some non-fiction materials I could pair with Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. If the novel takes place in 1933 the issue with school segregation some 25 years later shows students the lack of progress in race relations. Jackie Robinson's letter articulates that idea well and the recent movie "42" makes him a recognizable name. I'm looking forward to using this letter.

I recently started using Readworks and I am thrilled that it is aligned to the TEKS.

LOVE the extra resources. As many things as we can use to get them to have more experiences with what we are teaching!!!

Excellent resources aligned to CCSS to teach our students about black history. I love having a copy of the original letter. Make it so real for our students.