The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King: Reading
Individual Activity: Pre-Reading
Students skim their chosen book or look at the glossary to make a list of words they do not know. Students use the internet to research the meaning of the word and the ASL sign for that word.
Students write their new words in the "New Words" box and color the image of their choice:
Individual Activity: Reading
As they read the book, students look for ways in which Martin Luther King could fit any of the responses they listed. Have students make notes about the page number and phrases that support their opinions.
Worksheet: Holiday for a Hero Worksheet Click to download the worksheet.
Book choices: (Note: Other books may be substituted.)
National Geographic: Martin Luther King, Jr.
2nd – 4th grade
All About Martin Luther King, Jr.
4th – 6th grade
Martin Luther King Jr Let Freedom Ring
Grades 6 and up
- What was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream?
- In what different ways did he tell people about his dream?
- Why did Martin believe in using peaceful protests like marches to change things?
- How did his idea of peaceful protest contrast with those who opposed him?
Whole Group Discussion
After reading, ask students in what ways Martin Luther King Jr. fits their idea of a hero or someone important enough to have a special holiday. Students should refer to the book and their notes to phrases that support their opinion.