Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Prompts

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Kerry Tracy Feel-Good Teaching
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6th - 8th
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75 (25 prompts, 3 versions)
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This no-prep resource includes 25 prompts inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes, grouped into topics/themes: Perfect for MLK Day in January or any other time of year!

– Goals / New Year’s Resolutions (Prompts 1 – 4)

– Love & Hate (Prompts 5 – 8)

– Education & Character (Prompts 9 – 15)

– Citizenship & Service (Prompts 16 – 22)

– Dignity & Hope (Prompts 23 – 25)

Ways to use the prompts:

There are three versions of each prompt:

• Notebook inserts you can print, cut, and have students glue into writers’ notebooks, or staple to notebook paper

• Lined pages for “print and go”

• Projection slides you can project for whole-class & save paper

Use one a day in January (and beyond) or pick and choose prompts for class discussion and writing as you like!

The prompts were created as quick writes for the first 5-10 minutes to start class.

I typically give students the option of a free-write response to the quotes where they can write anything they like related to, or inspired by, the quote: interpret it, explain how it applies to their lives, argue for/against it, etc.

However, some students welcome a prompt to focus their thoughts, so one is included for every quote. This gives students the option of going their own way or responding to the given prompt. (You may ask students to cross out the prompt and write “free write” to avoid any confusion if you plan to grade – or for parents who might read it after the fact and wonder why their child didn’t respond to the prompt.)

About Grading:

I don’t read every quick write; I give them a completion grade to keep students accountable. In addition, at the end of every 1 – 3 weeks, ask students to review their quick write responses over that period and choose one to turn into a final draft piece. This piece is graded as any final draft would be, and gives you some variety in the essays you’ll have to assess!


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75 (25 prompts, 3 versions)
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