Coretta Scott King Teacher Resources
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Women of the Civil Rights Movement: Height, King, Robinson
The inspiring and harrowing stories of Dorothy Height, Coretta Scott King, and Amelia Boynton are transcribed in these pages, lending a true voice to the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. These pages would make an excellent reader's theater in class, and lend well to a writing assignment on the women of the Civil Rights Movement.
In King's Words
Students analyze writings of Mr. Martin Luther King Jr. They read and discuss an article, and in pairs, research and analyze a written work or speech by Dr. King, create a mixed media collage to represent the text, and write an artist statement.
Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Through Literature
Students can learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. through these literature selections.
In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall Teacher’s Guide
Students read the book I Am Tall and complete several reading response activities relating to the poems in the book. In this reading response lesson, students focus on the subject of fathers and make speculations about what the poems in the book might be expressing. Students are encouraged to make connections about their personal experiences, practice unfamiliar words, and identify poetic language.
Black History Month Biographies
Students research famous African Americans for Black History Month. In this biography lesson, students read about five famous African Americans: Nat King Cole, Jackie Robinson, Melba Pattillo, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King. They answer questions and discuss their life.
Class Book Awards
Learners create a class book award. In this book award lesson, students review the book awards already created (Caldecott or Newbery) and look at books that have received these awards. They come up with their own award and nominate new books every month by voting as a class.
Lessons in Courage: Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges
First graders discover the contributions of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges in the Civil Rights Movement. Books and recordings are used to help students explain how important they were in the movement.
Literature: Coretta Scott King Award 2005
Pupils visit websites about the books, authors, and illustrators who received the King awards. They view illustrations from Kadir Nelson's award winning book Ellington Was Not a Street. They read excerpts from books and author interviews.
King's Dream Revisited
Students investigate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They complete a Webquest, listen to an excerpt from a speech, take an online quiz, answer discussion questions, and read newspaper articles about current civil rights issues.
New! Celebrating African American/Black Leaders in History: Their Religions and Their Legacy
Kick-start Black History Month with a fantastic resource that blends a study of prominent African American leaders in history with information on different religions. Beginning with a brainstorm and then leading into a collaborative timeline activity, your class members will break into groups and read and research the biographical and historical information of such noteworthy figures as Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the influence of their religious beliefs on their activism and their contributions to society. They will then arrange themselves into chronological order according to the accomplishments of the figures they researched and peer-teach their group's findings to their classmates.
Award Winning Books
Fifth graders use a database to locate information about award winning books. They practice using the different features of the database. They use this database with future assignments as well.
A Comparison of Two Great Leaders: Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
Students explore these two leaders use of nonviolent protest techniques. They read about the life of King Jr. They view a slide show about the life of Gandhi. Compare/contrast the lives of these two men using a Venn diagram.
The Impact of the Civil Rights Movement
Deepen understanding of the Civil Rights Movement with this collection of primary documents. This resource contains 22 video transcripts about desegregation, voting rights, black power, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and more. You might consider having your class analyze and discuss these primary documents. These could be used in stations, as evidence for argument essays, or in a larger project.
Martin Luther King Activity Worksheet and Progress Test
In this Martin Luther King activity and progress test worksheet, students respond to a total of 20 multiple choice, matching and fill-in-the-blank questions pertaining to Martin Luther King
Nonviolent Resistance: Gandhi and King
High schoolers use the internet to research the major events and dates of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. In groups, they use this information to create a poster to present to the class. They reflect on how these two men were successful in using non-violent protests to get their point across to the public.
Dr. King’s Leadership in the Aftermath of the Bombing of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
Middle schoolers explore the concept of nonviolent resistance. In this nonviolent resistance instructional activity, students consider how Dr. King led during the aftermath of the bombing of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Celebrating Martin Luther King Day
Students examine how Martin Luther King Day is celebrated in the United States. They practice treating others equally and respectfully. They also identify ways in which they can help King's dream of peace a reality.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
In this comprehension worksheet, students read a selection about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and answer a set of 10 fill-in-the-blank comprehension questions.
The Making of a Holiday: MLK, Jr. Day
Students explore the life of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. They discuss the events surrounding his death and the significance of the federal holiday honoring Dr. King. As a class, they read about Dr. King's work for peace and explore the content of his speeches.