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2 Martin Luther King Day Lesson Plans and a Book

Posted by on January 11, 2018

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Through my Teachers Pay Teachers store, I have two lesson plans help you plan Martin Luther King Day on January 15, 2018.

4th grade

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. Common Core aligned. 7-page booklet includes a sample, step-by-step projects, a rubric for assessment, and additional resources to enrich teaching.

5th grade

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. Aligned with Common Core. 7-page booklet includes a sample, step-by-step projects, a rubric for assessment, and additional resources to enrich teaching.

You can get them for free under the Subscriber Special here. Here are some screen shots from the lesson plans:

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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.

More on Martin Luther King:

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 18 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, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. She is also the author of the tech-thriller series, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days.

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