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Jackie Robinson (Grade 6)

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Jackie Robinson

January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. That’s when and where the great Jackie Roosevelt Robinson was born.

Jackie Robinson never knew his father very well and raised by his mother Millie. As a kid, he played sports constantly. He ran track and played football, tennis, baseball, and basketball. He was a star on the baseball team and played quarterback on the football team.

Growing up Jackie Robinson often had to put up with racism. People loved him when he was helping them win on the field, but as soon as he stepped off, it was a battlefield.

Jackie Robinson attended UCLA where he played baseball, football, and basketball. He also ran track. Because of his accomplishments, he entered the UCLA record books as the first athlete to earn letters in all four sports. After graduating, he briefly played professional football, but his career was cut short when he was drafted.

One day Jackie Robinson was on the army bus and refused to move to the back. He got in trouble and was given an honorable discharge. That was in 1944. After he left the army, Jackie Robinson picked baseball back up. He played for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Baseball League. While he was playing, he met a man named Branch Rickey. Rickey had big plans for major league baseball and the Brooklyn Dodgers. He wanted to win the pennant and had the brilliant idea of using the noticeable talents of players from the Negro League to help him do it.

On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the infamous color barrier in baseball. He had to deal with numerous death threats, people calling him names, being cleated and many other horrible acts. It was hard for him but he was internally strong.

Jackie Robinson may not have had an outstanding career by the numbers, but he will always be remembered more for his historic actions. In 1997, Major League Baseball officials had every team retire the number 42 in his honor. Now April 15th is Jackie Robinson day, where every player wears the number “42”.
1. 
How does the author feel about Jackie Robinson?
  1. The author downplays Jackie Robinson's success.
  2. The author admires Jackie Robinson and his achievements.
  3. The author criticizes Jackie Robinson for his decisions.
  4. The author is neither a fan nor a foe of Jackie Robinson.
2. 
Which statement from the passage BEST supports the author's opinion of Jackie Robinson?
  1. That’s when and where the great Jackie Roosevelt Robinson was born.
  2. He was a star on the baseball team and played quarterback on the football team.
  3. It was hard for him but he was internally strong.
  4. Jackie Robinson may not have had an outstanding career by the numbers, but he will always be remembered more for his historic actions.
3. 
Which attribute does the author suggest most helped Jackie Robinson succeed in life?
  1. skin color
  2. sheer talent
  3. mental ability
  4. inner strength
4. 
Which choice best describes how the author organizes this passage about Jackie Robinson?
  1. cause and effect
  2. compare and contrast
  3. chronological order
  4. notable achievements
5. 
How does the information about Jackie Robinson's career in the Army contribute to the passage as a whole?
  1. It shows a low point in Robinson's life.
  2. It shows that racism existed even in the military.
  3. It provides another example of racism Robinson faced.
  4. It explains why Robinson decided to start playing baseball.
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