This activity pack teaches students about the key concepts of civil rights, protest, nonviolence, racism, and discrimination as related to the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. A complete powerpoint presentation – with a timeline of his life, photos, and teacher notes – explains King's life, putting his work into historical context. Through fun activities, students not only learn about and celebrate the struggle for civil rights in the US, but also write about how they can inspire change in the world! With real pictures, primary source audio, and authentic artwork, these activities are an excellent addition to your Social Studies and English Language Arts classes. It is also a great packet for Black History Month.
This Activity Pack includes:
1. Powerpoint Biography:
For younger kids, you can show the pictures and give brief, age-appropriate
information. For older kids, you can go into more detail, including the following
2. Vocabulary Definitions:
Teachers can use these mini-posters to help students learn new vocabulary.
3. Put the Timeline in Order:
Students put the events of Martin Luther King’s life in order by cutting them out
and pasting them onto a paper, in their interactive notebooks, or on sentence
strips. *Fantastic* clip art that works for older and younger students included on each event!
4. Primary Source Cloze Activity:
For this exercise, presented in two versions, students will listen to a primary source– the actual footage of Martin Luther King giving his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington–and fill in the missing words for a section of the speech.
5. Vocabulary Matching Activity:
Students will match the vocabulary words with their definitions.
6. Writing Prompts:
After learning about Martin Luther King Jr’s dream, ask the children what they
can do to make the world a better place. They can personalize the picture and
write their dream in the thought bubbles. I included boy and girl versions, and
also lower and upper grader prompts to differentiate between different levels of
7. Word Wall Vocab Cards
8. Martin Luther King Coloring Sheet