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Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 6, 2017

Help students put in perspective Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

Check out these lesson plans, activity ideas, and other resources for teaching Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Here are some sample resources for:

  • Grades K-5


    Dr. King's Dream
    Students in grades K-2 learn about the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., listen to an excerpt from his "I Have a Dream" speech, and create picture books about freedom for Americans today.
    Martin Luther King Jr. Interactive Timeline
    After listening to a reading of A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. by David A. Adler, students in grades 3-6 use sequencing skills to create a timeline of MLK's life.

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  • Grades 6-8


    The Power to Persuade
    Students in grades 6-8 use an excerpt from MLK's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" as a model to write a persuasive argument.
    Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: Lesson Plans and Teacher Guides
    This curriculum package for K-8 teachers includes a teacher guide, lesson plans and units, exhibits, a problem-solution project, and references. The package is available in 5 PDF sections totaling 303 pages.

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  • Grades 9-12


    Lesson Plan: The Children's Crusade & the Role of Youth in the African American Freedom Struggle
    Students in grades 9-12 learn about the role of youth in the Children's Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama and Civil Rights Movement.
    American Experience: Eyes on the Prize: The Story of the Movement
    This part of the 14 hour series covers 25 major events, from Emmett Till's murder in 1955 to the election of Harold Washington as Chicago's first black mayor in 1983. Check your local library.

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