This biography explores the interesting life of a great hero of history - Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes comprehension questions and skills such as analyzing key words and facts. Addresses core standards.
This carefully crafted biography of a modern-day hero, Martin Luther King Jr., is perfect for 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade students. Students will engage in comprehension activities such using text evidence, context clues, making inferences, answering literal questions. The rich biography and questioning strategies help students improve important reading comprehension skills. Full answer key and graphic organizer are included.
The article is written on 4th grade reading level (9 and 10 years old) but can be used with younger or older kids as determined by their skill level. The activities are great for whole group, small group, individuals, centers, and homework applications. Pages in the packet can be printed either in color or grayscale with good results. These activities are effective as a homeschool or summer reading resource.
Questions and Topics Addressed in this Resource
Martin Luther King Jr., was a famous American Activist and civil rights leader. This article takes kids on a short journey through Martin Luther King's life. It covers his birth in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929 and his boyhood in an area full of racism. Both of his parents were Baptist ministers who taught Martin the importance of speaking out against racism and segregation. Martin was so intelligent that he entered college at age 15. He attended theological seminary to become a minister. In 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to move from her seat on a bus, Martin Luther King became very involved in her civil rights and helped organize a bus boycott. He also organized other non-violent protests and helped black people register to vote. In the 1960s, King organized other protests and "sit-ins" to demonstrate against racism. One of Martin Luther King's most famous speeches - I have a Dream - was given in Washington D.C. in 1963. King was instrumental getting passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which led to him getting the Nobel Peace Prize. King was shot and killed in 1968. Ronald Reagan signed into law a federal holiday for January 15 called Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
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