This is short biography about Jackie Robinson that introduces the concept of ‘fact and opinion’ to lower elementary students.
Which statements are ‘fact’ and which ones are ‘opinion’?
- Jackie Robinson was born in Georgia in 1919.
- Growing up, people thought Jackie Robinson was very good at sports.
- He played football, baseball and basketball in high school.
- I think Jackie Robinson is the greatest baseball player that ever lived.
Jackie Robinson was the first Black man to play on a major league baseball team. He showed us that the color of your skin is not what matters. What matters is how good you are at something and that you don’t give up.
Jackie Robinson was born in Georgia in 1919. His family did not have a lot of money. He had four brothers and sisters. Jackie’s father left when he was just a baby. Then his family moved to California. His mother worked as a maid.
Growing up, people thought Jackie Robinson was very good at sports. He played football, baseball and basketball in high school. He was also a very fast runner. Jackie began playing for a league with only Black players when he was 25.
After the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers watched Jackie play, he asked him to join his team. At first, the other Brooklyn Dodger players would not talk to him because he was black. But Jackie didn’t give up. He just worked harder to become the best player he could be. At the end of his first season, he was voted Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year. I think Jackie Robinson is the greatest baseball player that ever lived.
Subject: Reading: Reading Comprehension
Concept: Fact and Opinion
Grade Level: Lower Elementary