Martin Luther King, Jr. Lesson Plans
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- A Play of Dr. King's Life - In this multi-sensory lesson, students research events in Dr. King's life and choose one to write a short play about. They then use props and costumes to act out their play.
- A Speech for the Sneetches - In this lesson, students use Dr. King's speech to help them write their own speech for the characters in Dr. Seuss's book, Sneetches.
- Civil Rights Movement and Voting - Students will develop a timeline that outlines events and key people during the Civil Rights Movement and explain how this movement impacts voting in today's society.
- Discrimination and Acceptance in Student's Lives - The student will be able to list three ways that students today are discriminated against and five ways that they are accepted.
- Eyewitness Accounts of the March on Washington - In this writing activity, students describe what it would have been like to attend the march on Washington and listen to Dr. King's speech.
- How Would the World be Different? - The student will be able to write about the impact Dr. King had on society and what it would be like if he had not lived.
- "I Have a Dream" Mural - Students use Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech as a jumping off point for creating a mural showing the dreams they have for the students in their school.
- "I Have a Dream" Shown in Pictures - In this lesson, students demonstrate their understanding of Dr. King's dreams by drawing a picture representing one of them.
- Martin Luther King & Jim Crow Laws - They will have an understanding of how Martin Luther King Jr influenced the resistance to these unfair laws.
- Martin Luther King Jr. - Gain understanding of reason for peace march and message behind the "I have a Dream" speech.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - The goal is for students to be able to have gained the knowledge of the Civil Right's Movement and the key players.
- Modern Day Civil Rights Activists - The student will be able to name some modern day activists who are promoting civil rights around the world.
- Segregated Pencil Sharpeners - Children learn about segregation in this activity using two different colored pencils and a manual and electric pencil sharpener.
- What's on the Inside? - Students examine various types of apple's to help them understand how even though people look different on the outside; they are the same on the inside.
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- Evaluating Web Sites for Bias- Students use a checklist to evaluate Web content about Martin Luther King Jr. for bias.
- Happy Birthday, MLK!- "Activities across the grades for learning about the life of the famous civil rights leader!"
- Mapping Martin Luther King Jr.- Students explore places that were important in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Explain how investment in human capital and willingness to seek new economic opportunities produced economic improvement for African-Americans.
- Martin Luther King Jr.: A Clothesline Timeline- Students create a clothesline timeline depicting events in the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
- Martin Luther King Jr.: A Fact or Opinion Activity- A brief biography of Martin Luther King Jr. reinforces students' understanding of the difference between fact and opinion.
- Top 10 Tips for Incorporating Martin Luther King Jr. Themes in Your Classroom- In many classrooms, Black History month begins with an insightful look into the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. This influential American had a major impact on the country and civil rights. There are several ways you can incorporate Martin Luther King Jr. themes into your classroom.
- Write Your Own "I Have a Dream" Speech- Students use a fill-in-the-blanks work sheet to write speeches that imitate the form and content of Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.