As we look forward to the celebration of the birthday and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr next week, it is a good time to help our students reflect on lessons learned since the 1960s and goals we are still striving toward. I created a hyperdoc for upper elementary-middle school students which can be accessed here. It is in a Google Slide format so that you can have each student create a graphic to share with peers. Feel free to use/modify. One caveat: this document is set up as view only. This means that you will need to go to File>Make a copy in order to create one for your own use. Remember #FileMakeaCopy
Kids Discover Online
I attended a webinar this evening put on by Kids Discover to showcase their resources and ideas on how to use them in the classroom. These are aimed at upper elementary and middle, although some could easily be used in high school. This unit is free this week.
Once again, Readworks has an excellent selection of articles about Martin Luther King Jr as well as the civil rights movement. These passages range in lexile from K-12. If you are unfamiliar with Readworks, this is a wonderful site with a wide-range of articles, some with Human-voice Audio. some with StepReads (differentiation), others with Question Sets and Vocabulary as well as Paired Text. A goldmine of resources for reading teachers, ELL teachers, and special educators, as well as subject area teachers.
PBS: Black America and Still I Rise
You can view video clips and see lesson plans on our local PBS site. These are geared to High School age students.
This is the "official site", but I believe that you have to be a member to view.
Google- Arts and Culture Institute
There are two beautiful collections about Martin Luther King on the Arts and Culture site. One focuses on him as an historical figure, while the other is a collection from The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute at Stanford University. You can also view an excellent collection of civil rights photography.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Freebie Activities and Printables
Laura Candler, one of the co-founders of Donors Choose and Caring Classrooms community has put together a free packet of materials to go with the Brain Pop video. These are aimed at grades 3-6. Here's the note from Laura: "Have you planned any activities for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday which is right around the corner on Monday, January 15th? If not, I've got you covered! A few years ago I discovered an awesome free BrainPOP video about Dr. King, and with permission from BrainPOP, I created a free packet of resources to supplement the video. Click over to TpT to download Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In that packet, you'll find a sentence practice activity, vocabulary words and definitions, sequencing cards, and discussion cards. "
Share My Lesson
The folks over at Share My Lesson have pulled together an incredible collection for all age students and across several disciplines. This is a quick slideshow- each image represents a lesson on Martin Luther King Jr and/or civil rights.
What can you do?
There are as many ways to celebrate Dr. King's work and his dream as there are people. Some of the classes at HES are using a hyperdoc and learning about his work. Others are making their #oneword bracelets as a token to focus on these ideals and follow through on their plans to make 2018 the best year yet. One wonderful project that is coming up- starting next week on January 15th- MLK Jr's birthday- is the Global Kind Project. The Global Kind Project invites preK-12 classrooms to reflect on our individual and collective roles in building a more empathetic, positive and inclusive society.