Teammates

Bibliographic Information: Golenbock, Peter, and Paul Bacon. Teammates. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990.

Brief Annotation: Teammates is based on the true-life story of Jackie Robinson. The book portrays the inequalities and discrimination he faced when playing with the Dodgers in the Major Leagues. 

Genre: Historical Non-Fiction, Sports

Grade Level: 3-5

Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy reading books about historical events and people or who are interested in sports will like reading Teammates.

Rating/Response: 4. I enjoyed Teammates because it told the story of Jackie Robinson and the discrimination he faced. I was able to activate my prior knowledge of segregation and the inequalities African Americans faced. I also made connections to the story because I am a big baseball fan and have heard about Jackie Robinson.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What is segregation? Does anyone know who Jackie Robinson is and what he did?

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: When students read Teammates they will learn about the injustices African Americans faced. They will realize the importance of treating others equally and the value of respect in real life. They will learn to stand up for those who are being treated differently, like Pee Wee Reese did with Jackie Robinson. 

Posted by: Kelsey Peterson

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