Lesson Plan Topic: Martin Luther King Jr.
Objective: Students will research the life and background of Martin Luther King Jr. and gain a deep understanding of his impact on
Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2
**Standards retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org
Preface/Teacher Notes: A pioneer in the Civil Rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. undoubtedly left his mark not only on the United States, but nations around the globe. While most people have a general understanding of what MLK did and who he was, many do not have a deep understanding in the specific ways he changed the social and political landscape of the world.
Essential Question (s): How does the topic of social injustice during MLK’s time compare to the present? What influential speeches from today might compare to MLKs speech? Has MLKs “dream” been realized?
For this lesson, students can simply research “Martin Luther King Jr.” in both Choosito! Library and Choosito! Web! Below are the unfiltered searches for MLK in both Web and Library. Use the theme and reading level filters to narrow down your search!
When using the web, make sure students are using our evaluation tool to help determine whether the site is a credible resource!
Step 1: Students will come up with at least 10 questions about Martin Luther King Jr.s childhood and research the answers (i.e. Where was he born? Did he have siblings? Did his family have an influence on him? How was his childhood different from other kids his age? etc.).
Step 2: Students will research the political and social impact MLK had on the Civil Rights Movement (students should identify at least 3 groundbreaking events that MLK was involved in). Students will identify what they felt was groundbreaking about each event and how those events shaped the future (i.e. new laws, social tension, etc.) and why they feel those events from his biographies were important.
Step 3: Students will compare and contrast the social, cultural, and political events of MLKs time to the present, detailing at least 10 similarities and 10 differences (going back to the essential question: How does the topic of social injustice during MLK’s time compare to the present? What influential speeches from today might compare to MLKs speech? Has MLKs “dream” been realized?
Step 4 (tying it all together): Students will present the following to the class:
-10 important events from MLK’s background/childhood
-3 groundbreaking events that MLK was involved in/at the center of
-10 similarities and 10 differences between MLKs time and the present
Students can present the information to their peers using the following suggestions:
-Oral presentation with visual aid (projector/displaying Choosito & giving demo).
-Radio broadcast/video broadcast