Just in time for Martin Luther King, Jr. day - a text that both recognises MLK's contributions to the civil rights movement AND encourages children to recognize the role of other individuals in obtaining civil rights for people of color.
The text contains 7 multiple choice questions.
This text summarizes what most children will already have heard about MLK and then adds information about Octavius Catto (an early fighter for civil rights in 1800s Philadelphia) and Claudette Colvin (a teenager who refused to give up her seat before Rosa Parks).
It touches on the fact that many women have gone unrecognized because of the discrimination they faced during the movement, and also briefly mentions some names of current activists who are continuing to fight for equal rights.
Great for teachers who want to teach about MLK within a larger historical context. Could also be used as the start of a unit on black history.
Questions are very much focused on getting students to go back into the text, and ask them to:
- using context clues to define a vocabulary word
- identify the purpose of a particular paragraph and the author's purpose for the overall text
- identify the relationship between two sentences in the text
- answer explicit questions to demonstrate comprehension of key facts
As a test prep article it is probably best suited for students in 4th & 5th grades, but could be suitable for 3rd graders as an extension, or 6th graders as review. If you have found my other texts such as the Malala Yousafzai one to be appropriate for your students, this one should be useful too!
Please check back soon as I am planning on releasing a bundle of 4 new articles this month.