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Listed below are classroom resources from Thinkport and other high-quality sites about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights.
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Listed below are classroom resources from Thinkport and other high-quality sites about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights.


Living the Dream: 100 Acts of Kindness -- This lesson provides the “action piece” for any study of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this project, students participate in Dr. King’s dream by doing 100 acts of kindness.

Entering History: Nikki Giovanni and Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Nikki Giovanni’s poem “The Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr.” is paired with Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, taking students on a quest through time to the Civil Rights movement.

How Big Are Martin’s Big Words? Thinking Big about the Future -- Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Caldecott Honor book, Coretta Scott King Honor book, and an Orbis Pictus Award winner, tells of King's childhood determination to use "big words" through biographical information and quotations.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me: Identifying with a Hero -- This lesson provides ideas for celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by encouraging students to explore the connections between Dr. King and themselves through journaling and inquiry-based research.

Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Words through Diamante Poetry -- Students explore the ways that powerful and passionate words communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Let Freedom Ring: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students listen to a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., view photographs of the March on Washington, and study King's use of imagery and allusion in his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Power of Nonviolence -- This lesson, from EDSITEment introduces students to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy of nonviolence and the teachings of Mohandas K. Gandhi that influenced King's views.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- In this EconEdLink lesson, students explore the history behind Martin Luther King Day.


Internet Links

Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site -- features Atlanta's Auburn Avenue, the neighborhood where the civil rights leader was born and raised. "Sweet Auburn," as it came to be called, became the center of African American life in Atlanta between 1910 and 1930.

Black History Month Resources -- See first-person accounts of slavery and photos of former slaves. Learn about abolitionists, the Civil War, western migration, Jim Crow, the church in Southern black communities, and Brown v. Board of Education.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and African American History - List of articles about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights leaders, and about African-American history provided.

Martin Luther King Jr. Teaches Many Lessons - Educational resources to help teachers plan lessons about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes Internet links to other lessons for various grade levels.




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