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Welcome Teachers!

Luke Lunday, 2013 Grand Prize Winner, with Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson.
April 15 marks the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball in 1947. The educational program Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life brings the significance of Jackie Robinson’s legacy of change to classrooms with the lessons below and an essay contest.

Created by Major League Baseball and developed with Scholastic, this program has been in schools nationwide since 1997. Breaking Barriers teaches students the values that Jackie Robinson exhibited, and how to use these values to face and overcome their own barriers.

At the heart of the program is the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest, which gives students from all backgrounds the opportunity to write about their own barriers, along with a chance to win valuable prizes. For more information about Breaking Barriers, please visit MLB.com/BREAKINGBARRIERS. I hope you and your students enjoy these materials!

Sincerely,

 

 

Sharon Robinson
Consultant, Community Affairs & Educational Programming, Major League Baseball
sharonrobinsonink.com

Photos: Lesson 1, Courtesy Robinson Family; Lessons 2 and 3, Courtesy MLB Photos.

Articles

LESSON 1: What Are Barriers?
LESSON 1: What Are Barriers?
Through reading and class discussion, students will understand who Jackie Robinson was and what the concept of a barrier means.
LESSON 2: Values and Barriers
LESSON 2: Values and Barriers
Through reading and class discussion, students will understand what values are and how they are important in facing barriers.
LESSON 3: Essay Organizer
LESSON 3: Essay Organizer
Students will understand important steps in the essay-writing process as they write an essay that can be entered in the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest.
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