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I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. played a big role in shaping America into the country that it is today. This lesson plan will help your students understand how important he was and help them dream as he did.
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Students will be able to identify the importance of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Display or draw a KWL chart labeled "Martin Luther King, Jr." on the board.
  • Ask students if they know who Martin Luther King, Jr is.
  • Give students time to tell you what they know.
  • Add their contributions to the KWL chart.
  • Ask students what they would like to learn about him and add their responses to the chart.
  • Explain to your students that you are going to read a story and do an activity to help them learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr.
(15 minutes)
  • Read the story Martin's Big WordsTo the students. Stop to answer questions or to listen to statements your students may have as you read the book.
  • If there are questions you do not know the answers to, write them down and have the answer ready for the next day.
(10 minutes)
  • Take out your completed Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr worksheet and share it with the students.
  • Talk to them about your dream or wish and explain why you picked it.
  • Let your students know that they will be doing the same thing on their own worksheet.
(20 minutes)
  • Hand out the Celebrate Martin Luther King worksheets to the students and allow them to write down their dream or wish for the world.
  • Walk around and assist where needed.
  • Enrichment:Allow students to write down information they have learned about Martin Luther King, Jr. in their writing journal.
  • Support:Work one on one with the students to help them better understand the importance of Martin Luther King, Jr. in our country's history, and to help them come up with their own dream.
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  • Ask students a question about Martin Luther King, Jr. and allow the students to talk to their partner to come up with the answer. Pick on random pairs to answer the question. Making it random requires all the students to be working because they do not know who you will call on to answer.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students share with the class what dreams or wishes they put on their tag.

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