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Teaching With Documents Lesson Plan:
Beyond the Playing Field -
Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate

Student Worksheet Key: Civil Rights History

  1. Scenario: A bill has just passed in the Senate and is on its way to the House of Representatives. Although you favor the principle of the bill, you oppose the bill in its present form because you fear it does not do enough.

    Historical event referred to: Civil Rights Act of 1957

    Jackie Robinson's action: sent a telegram to the White House

    Was your stated action: (circle one) answers will vary

  2. Scenario: You have just returned from a meeting at which the President of the United States spoke. His speech frustrated you.

    Historical event referred to: speech made by Eisenhower to the Summit Meeting of Negro Leaders in May 1958

    Jackie Robinson's action: wrote a letter to the President

    Was your stated action: (circle one) answers will vary

  3. Scenario: It is the fall of an election year. You support a particular candidate, and you are a well-known celebrity. The race is predicted to be very close.

    Historical event referred to: the election of 1960

    Jackie Robinson's action: actively campaigned for Nixon

    Was your stated action: (circle one) answers will vary

  4. Scenario: The election is over and the candidate whom you supported did not win. You hope the new President will support issues that concern you.

    Historical event referred to: election of Kennedy in 1960

    Jackie Robinson's action: wrote a letter to Kennedy

    Was your stated action: (circle one) answers will vary

  5. Scenario: An important leader of a cause you believe in is going to attend the funeral of another leader who was recently assassinated. You are concerned for
    his safety.

    Historical event referred to: assassination of Medgar Evers

    Jackie Robinson's action: sent a telegram to the White House

    Was your stated action: (circle one) answers will vary

  6. Scenario: A large rally is going to be held in Washington DC. People in attendance will be showing their support for a cause in which you strongly believe.

    Historical event referred to: the March on Washington

    Jackie Robinson's action: attended the march with his son

    Was your stated action: (circle one) answers will vary

  7. Scenario: A place of worship in a community more than 1,000 miles from your home has been bombed.

    Historical event referred to: bombings in Alabama

    Jackie Robinson's action: sent a telegram to the White House

    Was your stated action: (circle one) answers will vary

  8. Scenario: A leader of a cause you believe in has spoken out against an executive policy that you also support. You fear that the words of protest spoken by this
    leader will cause the President to limit his efforts towards your common cause.

    Historical event referred to: Dr. King's opposition to The Vietnam War

    Jackie Robinson's action: wrote a letter to the President

    Was your stated action: (circle one) answers will vary

  9. Scenario: You sense that a younger generation will not be as patient as your generation was to wait for changes to occur in government policy. You believe that
    violence could erupt at any moment.

    Historical event referred to: concerns over black youth

    Jackie Robinson's action: wrote a letter to the White House

    Was your stated action: (circle one) answers will vary

Jackie Robinson Teaching Activities: Civil Rights History


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