Since Dr.King's name is synonymous with peace, I wanted to design a writing prompt craftivity
centered around that theme, which would be more unique than a dove or peace symbol; something that would also encompass MLK's black heritage
Were you ever looking for something, but not sure what you were looking for, but knew when you'd found it, that that would be just the right thing?
That's how I felt when I came across the “mpatapo” symbol
It was perfect, as it's a West African Adinkra
Mpatapo is a knot of pacification-reconciliation
, that represents peaceful solutions
It symbolizes the bond that binds
parties in a dispute, to a peaceful, harmonious reconciliation
. The knot represents the peacemaking after strife
The more I researched, the more I thought it was the perfect symbol, to represent what Dr. King tried to do, with his peaceful marches, sit-ins and speeches
, as he sought nonviolent solutions
for abolishing discrimination.
The packet includes several craftivity options
Younger students can simply write what they want to be when they grow up.
Older students can give a more in-depth answer of what their dream for the future
Completed projects look wonderful dangling from the ceiling, or as a border topping a hallway wall.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping you and your students enjoy learning about mpatapo, along with their Martin Luther King
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