How Spanish Speaking Countries Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King GS

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Students enjoy going beyond the typical "I have a dream" activities and reflecting on Dr. King's legacy and their own possible legacy. Many are surprised to learn how Spanish-speaking countries have honored Dr. King and have shared how they enjoy this twist on the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day activities. I updated this January 16, 2021 after teaching it virtually.

*******This is the Google Slides version.******* PowerPoint version available here.

Activity to create awareness of how Spanish-Speaking Countries Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with Stamps, Schools, Streets, Parks, and Statues.

  • Students read a simple timeline and convert the Spanish date to numbers.
  • Students engage with Google Slides showing how different countries have honored him.
  • Students reflect on what they want to create for their own legacy.

It took ten hours of research to create a lesson that goes beyond the typical Spanish Class reading lesson of "I have a Dream" translation.

If you are like me, I teach in a community where Dr. King visited and preached.  One of our community members  was part of the bodyguard contingency when Dr. King visited the Philadelphia area and many others have links to him.  While I personally consider his "I have a Dream" speech to be in the top five best speeches in history, my junior high students have heard it every year.

Last year I shared a timeline with a few interesting facts written in Spanish prompting the discussion about how much Dr. King accomplished in such a short life span.

Students were surprised to learn that Dr. King had visited some Spanish-speaking countries and that they honored him in different ways. 

We talked about what it would take for the United States to put a non-US citizen on its stamp.  We wondered about how much effort it would take to name a street or park after someone not born in our own country. 

We watched the Google Slides and then students wrote their own future legacy.

Many students thanked me for giving them a new twist to this beloved  holiday. 

One very quiet student lingered behind to tell me that his church was very active in doing community service on Dr. King's birthday.  We have had several discussions that his father is raising him to be a leader in his community.  He shared that he didn't think I could teach him anything about Dr. King that he didn't already know, but I did and he thanked me.

I have to admit that I treasured that moment and that all of the hours of research and asking our Venezuelans to help me illustrate this made a difference.  This is why I love teaching and find it to be so rewarding.  I hope you do, too.

We took from 30 to 40 minutes without exploring the links. Could easily fill a block period. I use it in Spanish 01 and Spanish 1 but other teachers have used it for other levels as it is in the past tense.

The Slideshow is editable, but if teammates, coworkers or a school or a school district would like to use my resources, there is a multiple user license that is available at a reduced price.

I use a remote presentation device or wireless mouse so that I can stand anywhere in the room and click to the next slide. I make a daily tech guide with a slide for each activity and for the transition into that activity. See my blog for more details.

All net proceeds go to the three Venezuelan families. who create the music and visual.

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Update on family

For free current events in Venezuela, click here.
For activities about the price of food click here.

For activities about the cost of education click here.

For video about one family leaving Venezuela click here.

♥ You may also be interested in the Venezuelan National Anthem Video and booklet.

♥ My blog about the three families click here.

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