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Martin Luther King Jr. is an instrumental figure to study in any language arts or social studies class. His key influences throughout the civil rights movement, paired with his iconic speeches filled with poignant language and ideals, lead to powerful lessons that students of all ages can passionately relate to, deeply analyze, and critically reflect upon for years to come. This Background lesson will lead students on a journey that starts with their first impressions of King and takes them through his childhood, key events of The Civil Rights Movement, King's most famous speeches, his sudden and tragic assassination that left America in mourning, and finally, to his memorial in Washington D.C.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 (read for explicit and implicit meanings, citing evidence)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 (determine central ideas)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 (write informative/explanatory texts)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.1 (write arguments)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 (gather relevant information from sources)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.4 (determining meaning of words)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 (prepare/participate in collaborations)
Keywords: Martin Luther King, Web quest, webquest, background information, introduction, childhood, birth, I Have A Dream, Letter from Birmingham jail, Black History Month, Martin Luther King Day, Civil Rights Movement, I Have Been to the Mountaintop, assassination, memorial, Washington D.C, American history, historical leaders