Lesson 1: What Are Barriers?
|Jackie Robinson with daughter Sharon.|
• Printable 1: "About My Father"
Time: One 40-minute class period
- Distribute the "About My Father" printable, and have volunteers read Jackie Robinson's story aloud.
- Ask students what they think a barrier is. Guide them to define it as: a problem or obstacle that stops you from moving forward.
- Discuss with students that barriers can be physical or conceptual. A physical barrier is something you can see, such as a fence. A conceptual barrier is something you can't see, such as being afraid of something.
- Ask students to suggest different barriers that people face. Ask students to explain why each barrier prevents people from moving forward or accomplishing something. Create a list of barriers on the board.
- Have students choose a barrier from the list. Instruct them to write a short paragraph explaining how they themselves would face and overcome the barrier.
- Read student paragraphs aloud in class. Encourage students to ask one another questions about the barriers they have chosen.
- Referring back to the story of Jackie Robinson, what does the quote on the mini-poster signify?
- Why is it important to face barriers?
Engage students to share their personal stories and how they use Jackie Robinson's values to face their own barriers.
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