- Make an inference and support it with evidence in a well-written paragraph
- Jackie's Nine by Sharon Robinson
- Blank index cards, at least one per student
- Colored pencils, markers, or crayons
- Writing paper
- Optional: Thesauruses, enough copies for students to share
Step 1: Jackie Robinson's daughter labels each one of her chapters with a value that her father possessed. Read the first chapter out loud to the students and discuss how the title of the chapter is appropriate to the event that Sharon Robinson writes about.
Step 2: Have students explain how the title of the chapter relates to the event described in a paragraph answer.
Step 3: Read over students' answers as a class. This is a good time to discuss how to write a paragraph. Model topic sentences, summarizing, and incorporating evidence into the paragraph.
Step 4: Have students think of other ways to describe Jackie Robinson (industrious, loving, confident). For each characteristic listed, they should provide a one to two sentence explanation of why they feel it is appropriate to describe Robinson. A thesaurus may be helpful to assist the students.
Step 5: Give each student an index card and tell them that they are going to create a baseball card for Jackie Robinson. They can draw a picture of Robinson and, underneath the picture, list the characteristics that he displayed throughout his life.
Step 6: When students are finished with the front of their baseball cards, ask them to select one of the characteristics mentioned on their baseball cards. Have students write a well-written paragraph that explains how Robinson displayed the characteristic they chose. Tell students to summarize and/or provide quotes as evidence. Have students write their rough drafts on writing paper.
Step 7: Either meet with individual students or have students work in peer groups to review and revise their paragraphs.
Step 8: Have students neatly write the final draft of their paragraphs on the back of their baseball cards.
My Values Follow-Up Activity
Have students create baseball "value" cards for themselves. Which values do they live by and how have they demonstrated it in their life?
Other Books About Jackie Robinson
- Jackie Robinson (Baseball Legends) by John F. Grabowski and Jim Murray
This is an overview of the major struggles and accomplishments of this baseball hero.
- Jackie and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman
Going back in time by means of his baseball card, Joe learns about the challenges Jackie Robinson had to face as the first black Major League Baseball player.
Other Books by Sharon Robinson
- Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America
- Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson
- Under the Same Sun
- Jackie Robinson: American Hero
- Safe at Home and its sequel, Slam Dunk!
- Stealing Home: An Intimate Family Portrait by the Daughter of Jackie Robinson
- Student makes inferences and draws conclusions about story elements (e.g., main and subordinate characters; events; setting; theme; missing details; relationships among story elements, such as the relevance of setting to mood and meaning in text).
- Student uses paragraph form in writing.