Monday, February 13, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr...better late than never!

So, I know that I am almost a month late on this post but I wanted to share a couple of quick and easy ways to teach about Martin Luther King Jr. through literacy.  If nothing else, you can pin it :) and save the ideas for next year.

In my second grade class, we started out by building our background knowledge about MLK Jr.'s life through some read alouds.  Here are a few that I used/would recommend:

During the read alouds, we payed attention to when we learned something new about him and recorded on our graphic organizer.

Finally, we made text-to-self connections and thought about how the stories we read about Dr. MLK Jr. reminded us of our own lives.  We turned those connections into a class book.

Here's the cover of our book.
To get this freebie for your own class, click here.

Here are a few of the pages from our book:

"I am like Martin Luther King Jr. because he likes
to the right thing.  And, I agree with his dream!"

"I am like Martin Luther King Jr. because I care about all
the people in the world and I want freedom!"
"I am like Martin Luther King Jr. because I like love.
I love black people and white people."
"I'm like Martin Luther King Jr. because I love everyone
no matter who they are! Even when they disappoint me.
No matter what!"
Please leave a comment and let me know if you try one of these ideas...or share what you do to teach MLK Jr. through literacy!