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2 Free Martin Luther King Day Lesson Plans

Posted by on January 14, 2019

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Free Martin Luther King Day Lesson Plans

Two lesson plans to prepare for Martin Luther King Day in January: 1) Students research events leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King’s impact on American history and share them with an Event Chain organized visually, including pictures and thought bubbles. 2) Students interpret the words of Dr. Martin Luther King in their own words in a visual organizer. Great project that gets students thinking about the impact of words on history.
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Designed for grades 4-7, it’s aligned with Common Core and ISTE Standards.
 MLK--His words cover
What’s included in each lesson plan:
  • brief summary of the project
  • Essential Question
  • Big Idea
  • Common Core and ISTE alignment
  • materials required
  • teacher prep required
  • step-by-step instructions
  • extensions to dig deeper into the subject
  • assessment strategies
  • sample grading rubric
  • sample project
  • resources

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Interactive book for young readers

Martin Luther King Junior An Interactive Story of His Life

by Rich Linville: an excellent biography of Martin Luther King Jr. for young readers. It is written with simple, straightforward text in a warm inviting voice making it easily understood by even the youngest readers. The author includes not just well-known facts about this civil rights leaders but some details I didn’t even know (like when he changed his name to Martin Luther King Jr.). The graphics are clean, colorful, and highly visual, and the length is short making this a perfect book for reading to students during a unit on civil rights or as a nightly bedtime story. I particularly like that it’s interactive, posing questions for readers to answer and asking them to relate King’s experiences to their own.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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