Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Adapted from Laura Candler’s ‘Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lesson Plan: Sequencing Events’)
1 Before Lesson
Have students Watch Video and Complete KWL Chart at home before class.
2 Assessing Prior Knowledge
Have students complete KWL Chart at home
KWL Chart: See Handout
3 Explore: Google Dictionary
In preparation to the next section, have students cut out the Vocabulary words and Definition. Allow time for students to match the Vocabulary word with its definition. Students may use Google Dictionary for words unknown to them.
Vocabulary Cards: See Handout
4 Explain: Brain Pop
Teacher will play Brain Pop’s Video Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Video is about 5 Minutes long. The teacher will pause around the 1 minute mark to debrief with the students. Ask students to summarize orally each section.
While watching the video, the students will be asked to complete the “Sequencing Events” Activity to create a timeline of events.
5 Elaborate: Animated Speech
Students will be asked to view/listen to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech at their own pace.
Students are asked to write in their Journals Dr. King’s “Main Idea” words (Vocabulary Words, Words I don’t understand, Main Point Words)
6 Evaluate: Presenting the Main Idea
Discussion Question Presentation: Students are broken up into groups. Each group will have a Discussion Question to respond to. Students are asked to present findings. Each student will create a portion of the presentation using Paper to demonstrate understanding of one “Main Idea” Word. The group as a whole will respond to the Discussion Question.
7 Lesson Plan Handouts
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.