Martin Luther King Jr, Civil Rights Leader

Grade Levels: 4 - 6

Objectives

  • Students will review Dr. King's life.

Procedures

  1. Read aloud the story of Dr. King's life.
  2. As you read, the students should take notes in the spaces below the illustrations on the pictorial story of Dr. King's life.
  3. Encourage students to keep their notes brief; complete sentences are not necessary.
  4. Another tactic: Distribute both handouts.
  5. Have your students read the story and then write two or three questions, including brief answers, beneath each illustration.
  6. The questions can be asked of other students in the class.
  7. Note: The advantage of this procedure is that in order to write questions and answers it is necessary to study and understand the material.
  8. Regardless of which strategy you use, have your students respond in writing (on the reverse side of their papers) to the following:
    1. How would you feel if you were required to sit in the back of a bus?
    2. Suppose you were denied the right to eat in a restaurant because of the color of your skin. What would be your reaction?
    3. Why did Martin Luther King deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?
    4. What do you think Dr. King was referring to when he spoke of the "promised land" the evening before his death?
    5. Think of a caption for each of the illustrations.

Excerpted from Ready-to-Use American History Activities for Grades 5-12.

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