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

Student Worksheet: Civic Responsibility

Directions: Using the information contained in the documents, your textbook, and the earlier class exercise, complete the following.

  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:__________________________________________________

    Jackie Robinson's action: ___________________________________________________

    Was your stated action: (circle one) similar or different

  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:__________________________________________________

    Jackie Robinson's action: ___________________________________________________

    Was your stated action: (circle one) similar or different

  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:__________________________________________________

    Jackie Robinson's action: ___________________________________________________

    Was your stated action: (circle one) similar or different

  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:__________________________________________________

    Jackie Robinson's action: ___________________________________________________

    Was your stated action: (circle one) similar or different

  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:__________________________________________________

    Jackie Robinson's action: ___________________________________________________

    Was your stated action: (circle one) similar or different

  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:__________________________________________________

    Jackie Robinson's action: ___________________________________________________

    Was your stated action: (circle one) similar or different

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

    Historical event referred to:__________________________________________________

    Jackie Robinson's action: ___________________________________________________

    Was your stated action: (circle one) similar or different

  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:__________________________________________________

    Jackie Robinson's action: ___________________________________________________

    Was your stated action: (circle one) similar or different

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

    Historical event referred to:__________________________________________________

    Jackie Robinson's action: ________________________________________________________

    Was your stated action: (circle one) similar or different

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