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Type: Multiple-Choice
Category: Sequence of Events
Level: Grade 6
Standards: CCRA.R.5, RI.6.5
Score: 1
Author: szeiger
Created: 5 years ago

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January 31, 1919 and Cairo, Georgia. What do those two pieces of information have in common? They show when and where the great Jackie Roosevelt Robinson was born.

Jackie Robinson did not know his father well and was 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 an Army bus and refused to move to the back. He got in trouble, but was eventually given an honorable discharge from the Army. 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 for his historic actions. In 1997, Major League Baseball officials had every team retire the number 42 in his honor. Now April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day. On that day, every player wears the number “42”.

Grade 6 Sequence of Events CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.6.5

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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