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Dr. King used nonviolent protest and the power of words
, as a weapon for social justice.
associated with this period in history, involves all sorts of “big words”. Without knowing these words, one cannot begin to understand the times or Martin's life
To break it down for my kiddos, I read a variety of stories
I use Martin’s Big Words
, by Doreen Rapport to introduce his life.
Ms Rappaport has taken the words of MLK and woven in her own, creating an easy-to-understand book for youngsters.
My students also enjoy Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches
. It’s the perfect illustration of how unfair and ridiculous prejudice is.
What if the Zebra’s Lost Their Stripes
is another favorite, as well as The Crayon Box that Talked, and Sesame Street’s We’re Different, We’re the Same.
The packet includes a list of 24
Later, we discuss words like discrimination, prejudice, injustice, unfairness, race, diversity etc.
After reading the books, and referring to the stories, my students understand more clearing these difficult concepts.
Our discussion takes us through connections
that we can make with the stories and characters. (Text to Self, Text to Text, and Text to World
I’ve included worksheets
for this that can be done as a whole group
, or individual activity
Encourage students to use some of the “big words” you’ve discussed.
I designed this word work packet to reinforce
that new vocabulary
. Pick and choose what’s appropriate for your kiddos.
The packet also includes:
Worksheets, a word search, student-made dictionary
, plus 63 trace & write
From Dr. King’s words, and our word work, we turn to their personal hopes and dreams for the future.
They express things in their own words (big and small) through writing prompts and craftivities, which are part of my other packets.
I'm Diane from Teach With Me wishing you a very Happy Martin Luther King Day.
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