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Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente
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The Classroom section of this website is designed to provide activities that encourage middle school-aged students to explore the life of famed baseball player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente. Students experience history, visual arts, drama, and language arts through exercises that spark their own creativity and curiosity. Further, lessons are included that celebrate the rich culture of Puerto Rico.

Explore this website’s content and activities to learn about life of Roberto Clemente. A familiarity with the site is necessary when teaching the following units and lessons. Links to information about Puerto Rico, sports history, baseball and the Smithsonian Institution can be found throughout the website.


Table of Contents:

The classroom section is divided into an introduction and four units of study. Each is downloadable in PDF format. Download free Adobe Acrobat here.

Introduction On Deck    Download PDF

Lesson 1: Character Composite Portrait

Unit One Who’s on First?    Download PDF

Lesson 1: Cultural Heritage
Lesson 2: Latin Rhythms

Unit Two Stealing Second    Download PDF

Lesson 1: History in the Making
Lesson 2: Trading Places

Unit Three Rounding Third    Download PDF

Lesson 1: Poetry in Motion
Lesson 2: Batting Practice

Unit Four Heading Home    Download PDF

Lesson 1: Holding out for a Hero
Lesson 2: Exhilarating Exhibits

Notes: Refer to individual lessons for information about intended age ranges and fulfillment of National Standards for various subject matters. A class period is assumed to be at least 45 minutes in length.


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