Martin Luther King, Jr. No Prep Activity Packet

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It's Time to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
The 3rd Monday in January marks the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s accomplishments in history. I have created 10 critical thinking activities that will engage your students. They will love the diverse activities in this packet. You will love the no prep style! Just print the activities and you are ready to go!
What's Included?
Classroom “I Have a Dream…What’s Yours?” Wordle Poster
This colorful poster was made using Wordle. The words of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech create this eye-catching word-cloud graphic. I have included a QR code that links directly to the video of the historical speech so that students can listen directly to Martin Luther King.
Personal KWLS Chart
Students will each brainstorm what they KNOW and what they WANT to know about Martin Luther King, Jr. As they complete the other activities, they will return to the KWLS chart to fill in what they LEARNED and what they STILL want to learn. A great before, during, and after activity!
Team KWLS Chart
Students will create a team KWLS chart after discussing the items listed on their personal KWLS charts. Students will continue to fill out the chart as they complete the other activities.
QR Codes Desk Reference Sheet
It's time to explore with three QR codes linking to sites about Martin Luther King, Jr. Be sure to have a QR Code reader downloaded onto the devices that will be used by the students. I suggest using the i-nigma app available on the Apple app store. Other devices? Many to choose from! I would suggest Googling “QR Code Readers” to choose from many options.
QR Codes Wall Posters
Same as #4, except these three colorful and attractive posters can be placed throughout your room. One code is on each of the posters so your students can get up, move around, and explore these MLK resources away from their desks.
MLK Timeline Activity
Students will read over 30 different timeline facts about Martin Luther King, Jr. Their task is to find 15 critical events that shaped MLK’s life. The events will be cut out and glued onto the prepared timeline. This activity is great for encouraging discussions about what critical events are and which ones were chosen by each student.
Personal Critical Event Student Timeline
Taking it one step further, I’ve included an activity wherein the students have to think about the events in their own life, and then choose ten that they feel were critical in shaping who they are today.
Creative Writing Activity: “I Have a Dream”
Students are given the opportunity to create their own “I Have a Dream” speech.
“Dream for the World” Data Sheet and Graphing Activity
This activity will get your students up and moving as they interview a minimum of 20 people. The question? What is their dream for the world? Students will record the responses and then graph the top ten results on a graph.
Civil Rights Word Sort Activity
Students will cut and sort 28 Civil Rights vocabulary words into 2, 3, or 4 groups. Students should be prepared to explain and defend their sorts. I suggest having the students go on a “walk about” so that they can see how other classmates have sorted their words. Encourage the students to ask defining questions as to why the words were sorted in that particular way.
“Make a Poem” Activity
Students will create a poem from the words of the “I Have a Dream” speech. They will cut out and then glue the words they choose onto the “Make a Poem” Masterpiece Activity Page.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. No Prep Activity Packet
Martin Luther King, Jr. No Prep Activity Packet
Martin Luther King, Jr. No Prep Activity Packet
Martin Luther King, Jr. No Prep Activity Packet