Who Was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Modern learners may be able to describe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s influence within the Civil Rights Movement, but can they identify how that influence has affected their lives today? Class members conduct a brief amount of research before describing more about Dr. King, his accomplishments, and his timeless words.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Implement the lesson during a unit on civil rights leaders, the weeks leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, or Black History Month
  • Allow advanced learners to conduct additional independent research to support their paragraphs
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a copy of Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
  • Provides options for differentiation and extension
  • Includes links to supplement the lesson and your existing curriculum
  • None