Martin Luther King Jr, Civil Rights Leader
Grade Levels: 4 - 6
- Students will review Dr. King's life.
- Read aloud the story of Dr. King's life.
- As you read, the students should take notes in the spaces below the illustrations on the pictorial story of Dr. King's life.
- Encourage students to keep their notes brief; complete sentences are not necessary.
- Another tactic: Distribute both handouts.
- Have your students read the story and then write two or three questions, including brief answers, beneath each illustration.
- The questions can be asked of other students in the class.
- Note: The advantage of this procedure is that in order to write questions and answers it is necessary to study and understand the material.
- Regardless of which strategy you use, have your students respond in writing (on
the reverse side of their papers) to the following:
- How would you feel if you were required to sit in the back of a bus?
- Suppose you were denied the right to eat in a restaurant because of the color of your skin. What would be your reaction?
- Why did Martin Luther King deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?
- What do you think Dr. King was referring to when he spoke of the "promised land" the evening before his death?
- Think of a caption for each of the illustrations.
Excerpted from Ready-to-Use American History Activities for Grades 5-12.