Black History Month Activities Martin Luther King Jr. MLK Activities

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3rd - 8th, Homeschool
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My students have enjoyed these reading passages. Plus they usually lead to some interesting conversations.
Love the resources and it lines perfectly with the Abeka program. Gives the students the extra practice they need everyday. Can be used in class and online.


Are you looking for a meaningful Black History Month resource that will not only let your students have fun and show their creativity, but also requires them to conduct research and think critically? Look no further!

Included in this resource:

  • Reading Strategies
  • Civil Rights
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Civil rights timeline
  • Mapping the Civil Rights Movement
  • Then and Now
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Frederick Douglas
  • Rosa Parks
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Ruby Bridges
  • Barack Obama
  • Blank Graphic Organizer
  • Research project
  • Biography Outline
  • Lapbook
  • Project Rubric

Each reading includes a graphic organizer for students to breakdown important information about the individual. A blank graphic organizer is also included to use with any individual. The lapbook and biography research project will help students learn more about a specific figure and give them great practice with writing, researching, and organizing information. Students will LOVE that they get to learn more about an influential African American and get to create a small project instead of writing an essay. Teachers will LOVE that they have a resource that requires little prep and includes templates that allow them to use with other projects.

The following materials are included in this product:

Black History Month Readings: The readings contained in this resource or 1 page long and provide adequate information to teach students about significant African-American figures and the Civil Rights Movement. Each reading also contains a graphic organizer to organize thoughts and ideas.

  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Frederick Douglas
  • Rosa Parks
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Ruby Bridges

Timeline and map: A detailed timeline give students an in depth look at the events that led up to the Civil Rights Movement. Students use a map to visualize where the events took place.

Then and Now: Students see a picture from the civil rights time period and write about how it is different from what we would see today.

Biography outline and Lapbook: After choosing an individual to research, students will use the biography outline to organize the information before finalizing their writing and creating a lapbook.

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Total Pages
35 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


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