Martin Luther King Activities, Paired Text Lesson for Black History Month

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With this no prep activity for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, you'll be set to share important messages for black history month as well as meet several standards while engaging your high school students creatively. The resource includes everything you need to be successful while covering Martin Luther King, Jr.'s paper "The Purpose of Education."

Student Experience: Students will love this "rockin" lesson for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This lesson takes King's "The Purpose of Education" and pairs it with a song from popular culture, Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall." Students closely read and analyze both texts and make connections across texts and genres. Then they will write their own poem in response to the anchor texts' themes and ideas. The relevant topic to teens allows them to share their thoughts and opinions and really gets them thinking and discussing the purpose of education


- Detail teacher's guide and lesson plan

- Anticipation Set Activity

- NO PREP versions of the text

- Guided questions and answers

- Paired song/poem with analysis

- Creative poetry writing culminating task

- Idea and template for "brick wall" exercise

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
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20 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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