Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2008
Notable Trade Book Lesson Plan: Dad, Jackie, and Me by Myron Uhlberg
Melinda Odom Staubs
Jacksonville State University
This lesson uses Dad, Jackie, and Me, a book that takes place during the summer of 1947 and focuses on Jackie Robinson as the new first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers as well as the first black player in Major League Baseball. In the book, a young boy shares the excitement of Robinson’s rookie season with his deaf father, who sees Robinson’s perseverance through prejudice on and off the field as a parallel to his own experience. This lesson focuses on the challenges and hardships of discrimination and how an individual can have an impact on society and future generations. This lesson can be used with upper elementary students to examine discrimination and various people that overcame the hardships brought on by discrimination.
About the Author(s)…
Melinda Odom Staubs is an Assistant Professor at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. She has taught elementary and middle school in Oklahoma, Virginia, and Alabama. Her research interests include economics education, pre-service teacher training, thinking dispositions, and middle school learners. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org