Martin Luther King Jr. Unit

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Martin Luther King Jr. day is the perfect time to teach kindness and love for one another. Help students to connect the life of Dr. King, the civil rights movement, and its significance in our country’s history with this unit. 

We have made it easy for all of the tired teachers out there with ready to print reading comprehension workbooks, a PowerPoint presentation, vibrant vocabulary cards, detailed lesson plans and SO MUCH more! Take a look below to see what is included in our week-long Discovering Martin Luther King Jr Unit

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What activities are included in this Martin Luther King Jr Unit?

  • Ready for you lesson plans
  • Informational PowerPoint presentation
  • Anchor Chart
  • Reading Comprehension Workbook
  • Vocabulary Activities
  • Graphic Organizers & Writing Papers
  • Supplemental Pages & Early Finisher Activities
  • SMART ART Writing Activity

How to use these in your classroom

Begin the unit by engaging your class with a colorful PowerPoint presentation to grab their attention and get them thinking.  Next, you can easily move into a group discussion by using the open-ended question at the end of the presentation.  Combined with the anchor char, this is a great chance to let students demonstrate their knowledge about Dr King. 

Print and laminate the vocabulary cards and display them on your word wall or bulletin board for students to reference throughout the unit.  Use the vocabulary flipbook and puzzle to give students the chance to practice each of the new vocabulary words.

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To practice reading comprehension, have students work through the Research Booklet.  As they read about Dr. King’s life, beliefs, and legacy, they’ll answer comprehension questions at the bottom of each page.

After finishing the reading booklet, give students to chance to demonstrate their new knowledge.  Either as an independent or whole group activity, have students complete the graphic organizer.  Next, they’ll use this as a reference to create a longer writing piece.

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You can choose to use the supplemental pages as early finisher work for students after they finish their writing or as activities to do throughout the unit.  We love using them for morning work and homework as well.  Activities include ABC order, a crossword puzzle, acrostic poem, and word search.

Try out a FREE sample of our Dr. King Unit here.  Get a sample of our reading comprehension pages, graphic organizer, and supplemental activities from this Martin Luther King Jr Unit.

Are you also teaching your students about Rosa Parks?  Check out the Rosa Parks Research Unit with PowerPoint that is set up in the same format!

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