BREAKING BARRIERS

Classroom Resources & Essay Contest

Language Arts, Character Education, and Social Studies

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson stepped onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York, to break the baseball color barrier, changing the landscape of the game and civil rights in the United States. Now in its 23rd year, the Breaking Barriers educational program teaches students the values and characteristics that Jackie Robinson exhibited in his life, and how to use them to face and overcome barriers in their own lives.


CLASSROOM RESOURCES


Includes lessons, printables, digital interactives, and video extensions.
Supports standards in language arts, social studies, and character education.


NEW ASSESSMENT TOOLS!  Up to 100 Teachers will each receive a $100 Gift Card
Before and after teaching the lessons, have your students complete assessments. Submit the results for a chance to receive a $100 gift card (100 teacher winners will be selected). Assessment Tools


Grades 4–8
Grade 9


LESSON 1

Learning About Barriers

GRADES
4–8
GO TO LESSON 1 Printable Digital Interactive

LESSON 2

How Values Help Us Face Barriers

GRADES
4–8
GO TO LESSON 2 Printable Digital Interactive

LESSON 3

Essay Organizer: Writing About Barriers

GRADES
4–8
GO TO LESSON 3 Printable Digital Interactive

LESSON 1

What Are Barriers?

GRADE
9
GO TO LESSON 1 Printable

LESSON 2

Values and Barriers

GRADE
9
GO TO LESSON 2 Printable

LESSON 3

Essay Organizer: Writing About Barriers

GRADE
9
GO TO LESSON 3 Printable

2019 POSTER/TEACHING GUIDE2019 SPANISH EDITION

2019 BREAKING BARRIERS ESSAY CONTEST




The Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is a chance for diverse students of all backgrounds in grades 4–9 to share their personal stories about how they use Jackie Robinson’s nine values to face their own barriers.

Contest Deadline: March 14, 2019

Valuable Prizes Include:
  • Trip to the 2019 MLB® All-Star Game®
  • Trip to a game of the 2019 MLB® World Series®
  • Laptops for each winner and their teacher

GO TO CONTESTSPANISH CONTEST EDITION

VIDEOS


Watch the conversation with Sharon Robinson and teacher Mark Honeyman talking about Breaking Barriers and Jackie Robinson’s legacy.

WATCH VIDEO

Extend the lessons with video excerpts from “Jackie Robinson,” a film by Ken Burns & Sara Burns & David McMahon.

GO TO VIDEO EXTENSIONS


DIGITAL INTERACTIVES


Access dynamic student interactives to accompany each lesson.


GO TO INTERACTIVES

RULES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. All students who are legal residents of, and currently reside in, the U.S., D.C., Puerto Rico, and Canada (excluding Quebec) and who are currently enrolled in grades 4–9 are eligible to enter, except for those who have family members employed by Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., Scholastic Inc., and other related companies (see the Official Rules for a complete listing). Entries accepted in English or Spanish. Visit scholastic.com/breakingbarriers/officialrules for complete Official Rules and restrictions. All prospective winners and their respective parents/legal guardians will be required to sign, notarize, and return an affidavit of eligibility/release of liability within ten (10) days of date of notification or an alternate winner may be selected. In the event of prize unavailability, a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded as determined by the sole discretion of MLB. No cash substitutions for prizes. Prizes are nontransferable. ERV of Prizes: Grand Prize ($7,659.70); MVP ($3,359.70).

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Photos, top: Jackie Robinson, © Bob Sandberg/LOOK Magazine Photo Collection, Library of Congress/LC-L9-60-8812 #17; center: Jackie Robinson, © AP Images; bottom: Rachel Robinson screen capture taken from image from Jackie Robinson, a film by Ken Burns & Sara Burns & David McMahon. All other photos: courtesy of Major League Baseball.

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