Commemorating Dr. King's Legacy in the Classroom
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is just around the corner and we want to help you and your students commemorate it! Inside our new guide, you’ll find a few of our favorite lesson plans and craft ideas.
Each activity has been designed to correspond with one of the four levels of integration of multicultural content put together by Dr. James A. Banks, professor of Multicultural Education and Diversity Studies at University of Washington, Seattle.
- Martin Luther King Pop Art: Students take a well-known image of Dr. King and put a pop-art spin on it
- We Have a Dream Mobile: A self-reflective project that asks students to engage with Dr. King’s famous speech, reflect on their own dreams, and think about how they can realize those dreams
- I have a Dream Movie Trailer: Students are given the opportunity to use technology to create their own “I have a dream” trailer. This is a creative way to encourage students to interrogate and illustrate—both visually and rhetorically—how their world can be
- Freedom Tea: This project involves parents and members of the community and gives your students the opportunity to showcase their knowledge about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s legacy
- Create or Update Your School’s Anti-Discrimination Policy: Students are asked to take note of discrimination issues facing their school and find constructive ways to undermine those issues