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Breaking Barriers Student Printables

Use these printables to support the teaching of the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life educational program, which highlights the significance of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947. Breaking Barriers teaches students the characteristics and values that Jackie Robinson exhibited in his life and how to use these values to face barriers in their own lives. For accompanying lessons to these printables, see links below, visit the lesson plans page, or download the poster/teaching guide.

At the heart of the program is the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest in which students from all backgrounds in grades 4-9 have an opportunity to share stories about their barriers.

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

Resources

About My Father (PDF) [Grades 6–8]
About My Father (PDF) [Grades 6–8]
This grades 6-8 printable gives an overview of Jackie Robinson and how he broke baseball's color barrier. Use with Lesson 1.
About My Father (PDF) [Grades 4–5]
About My Father (PDF) [Grades 4–5]
This printable contains a leveled version of the above Jackie Robinson passage for Grades 4–5. Use with Lesson 1.
Values and Barriers (PDF) [Grades 4–8]
Values and Barriers (PDF) [Grades 4–8]
In this printable, Major League Baseball players discuss how they have faced barriers in their lives by using Jackie Robinson's Nine Values. Use with Lesson 2.
Essay Organizer (PDF) [Grades 4–8]
Essay Organizer (PDF) [Grades 4–8]
This printable teaches important essay-writing steps and can be used in conjunction with the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest. Use with Lesson 3.
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