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Negro Leagues Baseball

By Cari Barragree

Kansas State University

Salina, Kansas

You must complete the required number of points in each section and defend each submission individually and orally, before moving on to the next section.  A maximum of two assignments per person will be accepted per day so manage your time accordingly.

C Level Assignments:
A maximum of 40 points can be earned at this level.

Points Possible

Points
Earned

Teacher’s
Signature

Write a one page paper on one of the following players:  Fleetwood Walker, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, or “Cool Papa Bell”.

5



Listen to the taped selection of Black Diamond by McKissack and McKissack and write a one page summary of the information.

5



Go to the following website and listen to interviews with NLB players and relatives, orally tell or write a one page paper on what NLB was like during this time. 

5



Draw five NLB player trading cards, include a drawing of the player, position played, and team(s) played for, team logo, and career starting and ending dates.

5



Write a diary entry from a NLB player’s perspective for four days, include a description of at least one game.

5



Listen to music from Ella Fitzgerald or Duke Ellington. Tell or write the meaning of one of their songs.   

5



Read the article at: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/negroleague1.html  and create a timeline from the information. 

5



Watch one of the Negro Leagues videos and tell or write about the conditions NLB players endured and how they were treated by Whites and society as a whole.

5



Recreate a typical NLB stadium using whatever materials you want. 

5



Draw signs (one point per sign) depicting “separate but equal” facilities and/or treatment.

5



What are Jim Crow laws?  Describe, draw, or write a summary.

5



Define segregation, integration, discrimination, racism, and slavery (one point per word).

5



Tell, draw, or write one paragraph answering this question.  Does slavery still exists today, and if so, why?

5



Reenact a situation in which you or someone you know was discriminated against, and explain why you think it was discrimination.

5



Define Negro Renaissance and name three important contributors of the time.

5



Write a poem or a song that reflects upon NLB.

5



Draw a cartoon depicting any NLB team(s), player(s), or owner(s).

5



Create an artist’s sketch of a woman involved in the NLB, be sure to color and label the sketch for full credit.

5



B Level Assignments:
Choose one for 20 points

Points Possible

Points
Earned

Teacher’s
Signature

Research NLB innovations, how did they contribute to the success of NLB?  What, if any, other innovations could have helped save NLB? How would these have helped?  What else could have been done to prolong NLB?  Write a 3-4 page paper.

20



Listen to Ted Williams’ Hall of Fame induction speech.  Write a 3-4 page paper detailing if you agree with his proposal to induct NLB players into the Hall of Fame, and support your position with historical information. 

20



What was the major turning point in NLB?  Why?  Write a 3-4 page paper and support your position with historical information.

20



A Level Assignments:

Choose one for 30 points

Points Possible

Points

Earned

Teacher’s

Signature

Research Black women in NLB, choose one woman to write a six page historically based story about NLB from her perspective. 

30



Create an interactive timeline showing the history of NLB from its inception to its demise.  Then post your timeline to a classroom website.  See me for the directions on how to create an interactive timeline.

30



Research court cases dealing with segregation and/or discrimination and/or integration.  Write a summary of at least 3 cases.  Choose one case, and write a trial transcript of what you think occurred in court include both the defending and prosecuting points of view.

30










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