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Martin Luther King Craft: "Mpatapo!" (Peace) Writing Prompt Craftivity

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Another super-fun Dollar Deal from Diane, especially for Martin Luther King Day.

Since Dr.King's name is synonymous with peace, I wanted to design a writing prompt craftivity centered around that theme, which would be more unique than a dove or peace symbol; something that would also encompass MLK's black heritage.

Were you ever looking for something, but not sure what you were looking for, but knew when you'd found it, that that would be just the right thing?

That's how I felt when I came across the “mpatapo” symbol. (em-pa-ta-po)

It was perfect, as it's a West African Adinkra symbol.

Mpatapo is a knot of pacification-reconciliation, that represents peaceful solutions.

It symbolizes the bond that binds parties in a dispute, to a peaceful, harmonious reconciliation. The knot represents the peacemaking after strife.

The more I researched, the more I thought it was the perfect symbol, to represent what Dr. King tried to do, with his peaceful marches, sit-ins and speeches, as he sought nonviolent solutions for abolishing discrimination.

The packet includes several craftivity options.

Younger students can simply write what they want to be when they grow up.

Older students can give a more in-depth answer of what their dream for the future is.

Completed projects look wonderful dangling from the ceiling, or as a border topping a hallway wall.

I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping you and your students enjoy learning about mpatapo, along with their Martin Luther King studies.

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