This is a 9 page mini-unit on the theme of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day aimed at improving reading comprehension for middle school students. It starts with an editorial written by Dr. King called "The Purpose of Education." There is a vocabulary page with cloze activity, and a reading comprehension page with questions based on this editorial. Then, you will find an activity to help students understand and discuss segregation. Students will read sample Jim Crow laws from several states that were in place before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (WARNING-THESE LAWS CONTAIN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE, WHICH IS ARCHAIC AND OFFENSIVE - THE TEACHER MUST EXPLAIN HOW THE ACTIVITY IS LOOKING AT THE WORDING FROM THE PRIMARY SOURCES, TO UNDERSTAND THE HISTORICAL SITUATION THAT PROMPTED DR KING TO LEAD THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT) These sample laws covered many aspects of everyday life. After reading about and discussing these laws, students will then write two paragraphs. Students must choose one area of life where they feel there is now equality in the United States, and another area of life where they feel discrimination still exists. They must support their opinions with a concrete example. Finally, a word search (using the vocabulary words) is included for fun. An answer key is provided for all activities.