The Martin Luther King, Jr. Literacy Set is a 46 page set filled with Common Core reading and writing activities that are perfect for 4th and 5th graders. There are 32 context clues task cards (focusing on the life of MLK), worksheets that target Cause and Effect, Reading Informational Text with Charts and Graphs, Point of View Using Informational Text, and two Character Traits Activities. There are also paragraph writing pages, 2 different poetry pages, and a Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Craftivity, foldables and more! Lots of fun and learning for Martin Luther King Day!
Specifically it includes:
32 MLK Context Clues Task Cards (includes a record sheet and a key)
Cause and Effect: Martin Luther King, Jr. Biography (double sided worksheet and key)
Reading Informational Text with Charts and Graphs: Timeline of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Life (worksheet and key)
Point of View Using Informational Text: Segregation (double sided worksheet and key)
Character Traits: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Characteristics Matching Page
Character Traits: What's the Content of Your Character? (Your Inner Characteristics and Your Outward Appearance)
Character Traits List (double sided reference list)
Thinking Map of MLK (can be used for concepts or prewriting)
I Can Make a Difference Writing Page
I Have a Dream (Future Occupation) Writing Page
I Have a Dream (Solving an Important Problem) Writing Page
Martin Luther King- The Most Important Thing Poem Directions and Example Page
Martin Luther King- The Most Important Thing Poem Writing Page
Acrostic Poem "DREAM" Directions and Examples Page
Acrostic Poem "DREAM" Writing Page
Foldable about MLK's Life
Foldable about MLK Concepts
Quotes from Martin Luther King (2 pages)
Quote to Illustrate - Page for Students
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy Craftivity: Template and Directions (three pages)
I am so excited about this unit because it is totally Common Core but totally Martin Luther King, Jr. at the same time. With so many things to teach and time always such an issue in the classroom, it's a great way to combine social studies lessons as well as reading and writing skills. Plus, I think the material will be interesting for your kids. When kids are motivated, learning is so much easier!
I really like the worksheets included. They explain so many things about his life, his character, and the times that he lived in. I loved researching about Martin Luther King, Jr. and while I knew his story, of course, I learned even more information that inspired me. He is such an important American that all children should know well.
The "I Can Make a Difference" and "I Have a Dream" writing pages are great to choose from, Use one of these in January for a paragraph writing activity, whether it is one paragraph or five paragraphs. These topics ask your kids to either think about their lives or to think about the lives of others and help them look to the future and see that their actions can have lasting effects. Great lesson right there!
Poetry is always a great way to incorporate writing throughout the year. The acrostic poem included spells out the word DREAM and the directions and example pages will help your students complete it successfully. The Most Important Thing Poem (adopted from Margaret Wise Brown) is perfect at the end of the unit, when kids know a lot of information about Martin Luther King. This poem is easy and fun!
If you do Interactive Notebooks, the foldables might be interesting to you. One is about the different parts of Martin Luther King's life and the other is about important vocabulary/concepts related to his life. Definitely a great discussion lesson in that one!
I really love the craftivity! I wanted something that was a little unique and came up with the idea for different symbols that stand for the legacy that he left. I think these will turn out really well and will look great as a visual display of some of the learning that has taken place.
And the task cards....so many ways to use them and a great reinforcement of all of the challenging concepts related to Martin Luther King, Jr. and his life story.
I hope you really like this literacy set and that it is something that will work well in your classroom, as it has in mine.
Want even more Martin Luther King, Jr. materials? Please check out my Martin Luther King, Jr. Fact and Opinion Task Cards:
Task Cards: Fact and Opinion – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I love this Black History Literacy Set too! It's a great follow up to MLK:
Black Literacy Set
If you're looking for more Common Core materials, please check these out:
Text Evidence Using Informational Text: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade
Characters, Settings, and Events: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade
Themes in Literature: Common Core for 4th and 5th Grade
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