Lesson Plan

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Lesson on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Amy S.
School support staff
Antelope Ridge Elementary School
Aurora, United States
Show More
My Grades 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math

Students will be able to..

  •  idenity the important events in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  •  reseach and create a timeline about his life
  • gain a deeper understanding of the Civil Rights Movement
  •  create a profile of someone who inspires them
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 3 – 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Locate the KWL chart on the ReadWriteThink site.  Tell students that we will be watching a short video on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Ask them to record what they already know about him on the left side of the chart.  Then add what they would like to know about him in the center.

2 Direct Instruction

Students will watch a video on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.on BrainPop.  When they are done, they can complete some of the suggestied activities that are found on the BrainPop site. 



  • matching vocabulary
  • sequencing event
  • online quiz

3 Guided Practice

Britannica School
Free to try, Paid

Working in small groups, students will research about MLK and record notes in Google Drive.  They should  include the following:

  • birthdate/place
  • childhood, early influences
  • education
  • adulthood
  • contributions he made to our country

4 Independent Practice

Free, Paid

1. After completing their research, they will create a timeline of the important events from MLK's life.

2.  Have students go back to their KWL chart from earlier and have them puts facts and details on the right side of the chart.

5 Wrap-Up

  • Students will select someone who inspires them. It could be a family member, friend, role model, celebrity, hero or even a character in a book..
  • Students will create a profile of their inspirational person or role model and explain why he or she is inspirational. If possible, students may even want to interview their person. Then have students share their profiles with the class by creating an interactive poster on Glogster.