Sunday, January 8, 2017

Teaching Your Students Why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Leadership Was So Important

Looking for a fun and meaningful way to teach your students about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s leadership during the Civil Rights Movement?

I've created a Google Slides presentation that will have your pupils engaged as they explore the struggles of the era, and how Dr. King pursued peaceful ways to overcome the many hardships of the 1950s and 60s.  This resource was created for Google Classroom, but can be used in Microsoft 365.

Google Slide: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Childhood
Students will get a better understanding of Dr. King's influences from his childhood.

They will also learn about the many different hardships African Americans faced due to Jim Crow Laws. Students will learn of the many different events that Dr. King helped organize in order to overturn these laws.

Google Slide: Students create text messages between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and key persons that stood up to the struggles of the time.
Students will create text messages between Dr. King and key persons that stood up to the struggles of the time.

This interactive timeline asks students to identify the year each event took place, and then drag the matching picture over the event.

Google Slide: infer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s character and values using quotes from his "I Have a Dream" speech.
Students will analyze Dr. King's most famous speech, "I Have a Dream", and infer his character and values from quotes.
There are 8 activities in all, including an opinion writing prompt.  After completing this presentation, your students should have a clearer understanding of the struggles of the time and appreciate more greatly the efforts Dr. King and others took to overcome these hardships. I've also included video links, websites, and books to help students with their research.

I'd love for you to check it out!  Here is a little preview video.


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