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Martin Luther King Jr. BUNDLE: Includes all MLK Activities- Grades 3-6

Martin Luther King Jr. BUNDLE: Includes all MLK Activities- Grades 3-6
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By request, all MLK activities from my store are included here.

Included are the following:

A Close Read of the "I Have a Dream" Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King: What Were They Thinking? Research/Primary Source Activity

"Glory" from Selma, African American History, MLK Close Read w/ Song Lyrics

Martin Luther King Interactive QR Code Biography Activity for Grades 3-5

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech helped change the course, spread the message, and promote equality in America.

This close read asks students to first read excerpts from the "I Have a Dream" speech (the entire speech is NOT included in this packet), use context clues to discover new vocabulary, as well as to think deeply about the text by answering 10 close read, text-dependent questions.

This has been used by 4th grade students, however, you will need to make the decision on whether your students are mature and ready for this speech (just a fair warning). Students in grades 5th-8th grades will definitely benefit from this deep reading of the speech, as common core suggests that students read complex text, especially those that are historically based.

Includes an answer key, but please know this is just one answer. Your students may come up with other acceptable answers to these questions, as they are text-based, but also, open-ended.


UPDATED 1/3/16: If you are a teacher like me and find it difficult to get in Social Studies and History along with the 1 million other things we have to do, I think I can help! This integrated ELA and Social Studies activity will help you sleep a bit easier and teach your kiddos about MLK!

Students will first close read two articles on equal rights and Martin Luther King Jr., while also having the chance to explore a bit more about MLK. A graphic organizer is included to help students research and take notes about their findings.

Students will then take a look at primary sources from the Library of Congress and answer the question "What Were They Thinking?" by filling in speech and thought bubbles that are embedded into each of the Civil Rights/MLK themed pictures, photographs, and artistic representations.

On the back of each of the primary sources, students have a graphic organizer which they will fill in based on "What they see, What they Know, and What they still have questions about."

This is a student-centered, interactive activity that kids will have fun with, while also using their researching skills to discover more information on these topics.

Included in this are also two options for final assessment. Students can either complete the research-based essay or a presentation where students will teach the class the information he/she learned throughout.

Students will have no choice but to use their critical thinking skills during this interactive history project.


This song has completely captivated me. "Glory," by Common and John Legend from the movie Selma helps teach students about what happened in Selma, when Martin Luther King helped all African Americans in the United States obtain equal rights. The struggle was real, and this song helps students understand what African Americans (and our entire country) were going through in the fight to create a country of true freedom. This song also has messages to help students understand that the fight is ongoing.

Song lyrics, 8 close reading questions, a first-hand account from a child, and theme/author's purpose graphic organizers are all included in with this guide.

Students will deepen their understanding and use critical thinking skills to understand the meaning of the song with the questions included.

The lyrics, the metaphors, and the overall theme of this song will create conversation with your students which will have them thinking deeply while reading the text.


11 Common Core Aligned Task Cards are included in this packet.

Students will work to read Dr. King's "I have a dream speech" as a class, while answering a task question which goes along with the reading.

Students can then either work together or with a buddy to complete up to 10 other task cards which each include a quote by Dr. King. Each one of the cards gives students a task to complete on the back of the card. The tasks may be writing, drawing a picture, or both.

This acitivity can be used in guided reading, small group reading, centers, or as a whole class activity. Students will need to analyze each of the quotes and pick apart the true meaning of Dr. King's words, which will challenge students immensely.

An essay prompt is also included at the end of this packet. Students will need to use the information they have learned, as well as the quotes to write an essay describing King and his true value to American history.

Thanks for looking!
-Dan M.

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