Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with this ELA pack. These activities would also be a great supplement for your Social Studies curriculum during Black History Month.
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Here’s what’s included:
KWL Chart/Read Aloud:
Introduce MLK unit with a read aloud. Then invite students to share what they know about Martin Luther King, Jr. using the KWL chart activity. A recommended book list is included.
Introduce unit vocabulary using the visual vocabulary strategy. Students will complete a four-square vocabulary page for each word, including: definition, sentence, synonym match, and illustration. Vocabulary word and definition cards included.
Students will read “Martin Luther King, Jr. Biography.” While reading, students will identify important dates and events from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and create a timeline flipbook. Two reading levels of the MLK biography are included.
Students will rotate through stations in order to use a variety of media and print sources to locate information about Martin Luther King, Jr. Stations include: biographies, encyclopedias, magazine articles, and websites. A list of recommended resources for each type of print and media source is included. As students record their research findings, they will write a reference code next to each question. Then students will complete a bibliography sheet to record the resources they used.
Challenge your students to think deeper and create a well written response to the question, “How did Martin Luther King, Jr. change America?” Help generate ideas and details to support students’ responses by completing a Venn diagram about the ways America is different now than when Martin Luther King, Jr. was alive. Primary and intermediate writing templates are included.