ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Teaching with Ticia: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Teaching with Ticia: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

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Next Monday is Martin Luther King jr. Day, the day we've set aside to remember a man who changed our country.  I'm sure a lot of you are scrambling trying to find some great ideas for teaching about him to your kids or to your students.  Well, here are a few ideas to teach that I've found around the web recently, and I will use with my kids.

Learn about the mules and the people MLK thought were special at the Last Mules of Gee Bend

Some other ideas to add in:
for older kids: research Martin Luther, who he was named after, how are they similar?
watch the video of the speech, talk about his speech patterns, does he sound interested or bored?  Why do you think people listened to him?
this speech was delivered at the Washington Monument, learn about Washington's evolution of his views on slavery and brainstorm what Washington would have thought of Martin Luther King jr.?
before the speech is aired they sang spirituals, many were written by slaves for different reasons.  Listen to the songs.  Do they give you hope?  How do you feel after listening to it?  Are you angry?  Different songs brought different emotions to the slaves and later to the freed African Americans.


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