UPDATED 1/3/16: If you are a teacher like me and find it difficult to get in Social Studies and History along with the 1 million other things we have to do, I think I can help! This integrated ELA and Social Studies activity will help you sleep a bit easier and teach your kiddos about MLK!
Students will first close read two articles on equal rights and Martin Luther King Jr., while also having the chance to explore a bit more about MLK. A graphic organizer is included to help students research and take notes about their findings.
Students will then take a look at primary sources from the Library of Congress and answer the question "What Were They Thinking?" by filling in speech and thought bubbles that are embedded into each of the Civil Rights/MLK themed pictures, photographs, and artistic representations.
On the back of each of the primary sources, students have a graphic organizer which they will fill in based on "What they see, What they Know, and What they still have questions about."
This is a student-centered, interactive activity that kids will have fun with, while also using their researching skills to discover more information on these topics.
Included in this are also two options for final assessment. Students can either complete the research-based essay or a presentation where students will teach the class the information he/she learned throughout.
Students will have no choice but to use their critical thinking skills during this interactive history project.
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