Lesson Plan

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Adapted from Laura Candler’s ‘Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lesson Plan: Sequencing Events’)

Students will learn and analyze the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Kr.’s dream and non-violence stand during the civil Rights Movement
Beth P.
La Sierra University
Riverside, United States
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My Grades 2, 3, 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English Language Learning

Students will be able to...

  • determine the main idea from Text
  • recount key details/main idea
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 3
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Teacher Notes
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1 Before Lesson

Have students Watch Video and Complete KWL Chart at home before class.

2 Assessing Prior Knowledge

Activity: Assessing

Have students complete KWL Chart at home

Student Instructions

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.

Student Instructions

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.

Student Instructions

While watching the video, the students will be asked to complete the “Sequencing Events” Activity to create a timeline of events.

See Handout

5 Elaborate: Animated Speech

Students will be asked to view/listen to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech at their own pace.

Student Instructions

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.

See Handout

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