Lively Lessons: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a pastor who led and inspired millions in the fight for equal rights. Dr. King advocated peaceful methods of resistance to unfair laws, such as boycotting buses that forced African Americans to ride separately and leading a march to Washington, D.C., to call for jobs and freedom for all. Though King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, his message of freedom and equality lives on.

Bring the life and work of Dr. King to your classroom with these resources from Discovery Education Streaming.

MLK_CC_circleMartin Luther King, Jr. Day Content Collection

Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Born January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired change by advocating peaceful methods of resistance to protest unfair laws and civil injustices.


IHAD_circleMartin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

Grades 6-8, 9-12

In a plea to end racial discrimination, Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was heard by thousands of civil rights supporters in 1963


MartinsBigWords_circleMartin’s Big Words

Grades K-2, 3-5

Based on the classic children’s book by Doreen Rappaport. Using quotes from some of his beloved speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., comes to life in stunning collage art and vibrant watercolor paintings in this profound and important biography about beliefs and dreams and following one’s heart.


HolidayFF_MLK_circleHoliday Facts and Fun: Martin Luther King Day

Grades K-2, 3-5

This video highlights the career of America’s foremost civil rights leader. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s first experience with prejudice is discussed, as well as his ability to speak in front of others, and his unwavering belief in nonviolence as the best way to solve human problems.


SOSSOS Instructional Idea: Poetry Slam

Introduce the video The PBS NewsHour: Students Remember King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech to students, explaining that the students in the video are reading lines from a speech that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave in 1963 in the same location.

Instruct students to focus on the descriptive language King used in his speech. Pause every minute and ask students to write two or three key things they learned during the video or key terms they heard during the video.

Have students write a haiku using information gleaned from the video, then have students practice reading their haiku with partners and then ask volunteers to read their poems aloud to the class. As students read their poems, play the video with the audio muted for visual support.


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