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Jamie Daming



Title:

Promises To Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America

Author:

Sharon Robinson

Publisher:

Scholastic

Copyright Date:

2004


About the
Author:

(Interes
ting
facts, etc)

Sharon Robinson is Jackie Robinson’s daughter.

Web Address:

http://books.scholastic.com/teachers/authorsandbooks/authorstudies/authorhome.jsp?authorID=4736&displayName=Bio
graphy

E
-
Mail:

Mailing Address:


Picture:

http://books.scholastic
.com/teachers/authorsandbooks/authorstudies/authorhome.jsp?authorID=4736&displayName=Bio
graphy

Connection to
the Book:

It is a biography about her own father.

Other books by
this author:

Jackie’s Nine, Stealing Home
, Safe at Home


Annotation:

Jackie Rob
inson’s daughter, Sharon Robinson, writes a biography of the baseball legend.
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a⁢ se扡ll star.


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Booktalk:

How would you want to be remembered? Sharon Robinson wants people to remember her dad not only for
his accomplishments on the baseball diamond, but also for his ac
complishments in life. In Promises to
Keep, she tells personal stories about their family and the hardships her parents had to endure because they
were black. When you read this biography, you will feel like you actually knew Jackie Robinson for the
man
that he was, not just for his amazing baseball accomplishments.


Characters:

Name & Age:

Relationship to other characters:

Personality traits:

Jackie
Robinson

Born in 1919,
died in 1972

Husband to Rachel, father of Sharon, Jackie,
Jr. and David

Determine
d, strong willed, resilient

Rachel
Robinson

Born in 1922

Wife of Jackie, mother of their three children

Supportive, caring

Sharon
Robinson

Born in 1950

Daughter of Jackie and Rachel Robinson

Thankful to her parents, appreciative


Conflict:

Sharon Robins
on gives an overview of the racist culture in the early 1900’s leading up to the 1940’s
Ⱐwhen
gac歩e o潢ons潮 was 灬ayi湧 in the kegr漠ieagues⸠ ⁓he gives many exam灬es 潦 the 灲eju摩ce an搠ill
treatment that her 灡rents receive搮


Conflict Resolution:

In

1945, Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to play in the minor leagues. In 1947, Robinson’s contract
was 灵rchase搠fr潭 his min潲 league team 批 the Br潯olyn a潤oers an搠he 扥came the first African
American t漠灬ay maj潲 league 扡se扡ll.


Genre:

Biogra
phy


You’ll love these:

Same genre / interest level:

Babe and Me, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, Black
Diamond
, A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson


By same author:

Safe at Home, Jackie’s Nine


Interest level /
reading
level:

From
www.perma
-
bound.com
:

IL: 5
-
9

RL: 7.0

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From Bound to Stay Bound
Catalog:

IL: MG

RL: 7.0


Read
-
aloud
pages/passage:

Chapter and page #:

Description of action:


Chapter 4, pages 20
-
21

Robinson describ
es her dad’s time in the army. The army was segregated and Jackie
ha搠ways 潦 silently 灲潴esti湧.


Cha灴er 㘬⁰ages ㈸
J


Branch oic步y is tal歩湧 t漠oac歩e o潢ons潮 a扯bt 灬ayi湧 in the maj潲 leagues⸠ ⁔漠test
gac歩eⰠBranch 灲eten摳 t漠扥⁡⁲acist fan

an搠teammateⰠ yelli湧 insults at⁊ac歩e⸠⁊ac歩e
灲潶e搠that he w潵l搠扥⁡扬e t漠han摬e the 灲essure.


Cha灴er 㜬⁰age ㌴

Fans are taunting Jackie while he’s playing for the Montreal Royals. His only response
is t漠ogn潲e their jeers an搠c潮tinue t漠灬a
y 扡se扡ll even 扥tter.


Setting:

Pasadena,
Los Angeles, Kansas City, Montreal, Brooklyn


Summary:

Sharon Robinson gives a first hand account of her father’s life. She includes many photographs to show his
灥rs潮al life as⁷ell as his life 潮 the 扡se扡
ll 摩am潮搮d ⁓he als漠inclu摥s hist潲ical 扡c歧r潵n搠
inf潲mation t漠oive the rea摥r a⁳ense 潦 what life was li步 摵ring th潳e years⸠⁓he uses her 潷n mem潲ies
an搠written research t漠灡y tri扵te t漠her 摡搠dn搠sh潷 the w潲l搠his c潭mitme湴 t漠ois familyI

his raceⰠ
an搠扡se扡ll.


Point of View:

First person


Theme:

Overcoming the odds


Across the Curriculum Connections:

Subject:

Suggested Activities:

Resources:

Social
Studies

Have students create lists of
other important individuals
who have changed A
merica
www.time.com/time/time100/leaders/

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throughout history.

Social
Studies

Students can investigate the
different nationalities and
cultures that make up Major
League Baseball today. What
barri
ers did those players
have to face in order to play
professionally?

http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/official_info/mlb_official_community_breaking_barriers.js
p?feature=around_world

Health/PE

Research women in sports

http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/offi
cial_info/mlb_official_community_breaking_barriers.js
p?feature=women_in_sports


Activities:

Group Size

Description:

Breaking
Barriers:
Jackie’s Nine

kine small gr潵灳

Have students explore Jackie’s Nine on the Breaking Barriers website. Assign each grou
瀠a⁤ fferent value⸠
ptu摥nts sh潵l搠 fin搠 exam灬es 潦 ways that gac歩e o潢ons潮 exem灬ifie搠 the value in
Promises to Keep
.

http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/official_info/mlb_official_community_breaking_barriers.jsp?feature
=jackies_values

Time for Kids

b
iography

Whole class
working
individually

Have students read the
Time For Kids

biography of Jackie Robinson

http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/class/pdfs/2005S/bio_jrobinson_tg.pdf

Compare and
contrast
Roberto
Clemente

Whole class
discussion

Read about baseba
ll player Roberto Clemente and compare and contrast his story with Jackie Robinson.

http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/official_info/mlb_official_community_breaking_barriers.jsp?feature
=roberto_clemente

Write an
essay

Individually

http://www.mlb.com/mlb/do
wnloads/bb_questions03.pdf


Discussion Questions:

Question

Type of Question

Pre
-
Reading:

What do you already know about Jackie Robinson?

Recall

Post
-
reading:

In your opinion, how did Jackie Robinson change America?

Analysis

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First 1/3 of book:

How did t
he Jim Crow laws affect Jackie Robinson’s chances to play
professional baseball?

Application

Second 1/3 of book:

What would be difficult about having a father who was a professional
athlete?

Comprehension

Last 1/3 of book:

What did Jackie Robinson do aft
er his retirement?

Recall


Language
(spelling/vocabulary):

Term

Definition


pessimism

an inclination to emphasize adverse aspects, conditions, and possibilities or
to expect the worst possible outcome


desegregation

to free of any law, provision, or pra
ctice requiring isolation of the members
of a particular race in separate units


institutionalized

to incorporate into a structured and often highly formalized system


commissioner

the administrative head of a professional sport


monologue

a long speech

monopolizing

conversation


commuter

A person who goes back and forth regularly (as between a city and suburb)


Indiana Standards met
by novel content:


English/Language Arts:

6.1.1, 6.1.4, 6.2.
7, 6.3.1, 6.3.3, 6.3.5, 6.5.4, 6.7.12,
7.1.2, 7.2.6, 7.3.1, 7.3.3, 7.3.4, 7.3.5, 7.5.2, 7.5.5,
7.7.9, 8.2.4, 8.3.2, 8.3.4, 8.3.7, 8.5.2, 8.7.11

Math:


Science:


Social Studies:

6.5.1,

8.1.6, 8.5.9