Lesson Plan

Major League Baseball and the Negro Leagues: Correcting an Injustice

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It's been a long time coming! In 2020, MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manifred, Jr. stated that "the Negro Leagues would be recognized as official major leagues." Middle schoolers investigate the history of the Negro Leagues and use evidence from their research to craft an argument essay, using evidence from their research, to express their opinion of the attempt to rectify the former two-league policy.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research Negro Leagues teams and star players, as well as Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, and Curt Flood
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires copies of several documents and a projection device for the videos 
  • The lesson brings to light the history of baseball that many young people may not know
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