#CelebrateWithDE – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with DE! Dr. King is arguably America’s most well-known civil rights leader and activist, praised for his nonviolent approach to protest and change. Students continue to be drawn to his words, actions, and legacy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a great time to help them study and understand his work.

Use our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Content Collection to find resources for all grade bands, including content, lesson starters, and instructional strategies.

Visit our STUDIO board, Studying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to find background, resources, and literacy activities in celebration of Dr. King.


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Virtual Viewing Party:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, Math Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Virtual Viewing Party

Join Discovery Education this Thursday, January 11th in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Together, students across the country will explore the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. while connecting to other classrooms around the world.


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Martin Luther King
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Video Segment

Dr. King was instrumental in dozens of causes, most notably for civil rights. He worked hard so each person could be respected and treated fairly.
 
Panoramic Virtual Tours: National Mall (Washington, D.C.)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Skill Builder

Explore the monuments and memorials of Washington D.C.’s National Mall, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, while learning key facts about American history in this virtual field trip.
 
Martin Luther King Is Assassinated
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. After his death, the country opened up in violence and riots flared to reveal that racism was still a major issue in the United States.


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After your students have spent some time studying Dr. King’s beliefs, actions, and contributions, lead a formal discussion using the strategy Talking Sticks, from our Spotlight on Strategies series. First, pose a question that does not have an easy answer, such as What was Dr. King’s most important contribution? Or, What are your thoughts about the effectiveness of nonviolent protest? Then, select a talking stick and use it to designate speakers for established amounts of time. Allow students to process their thinking through journal writing before and after the discussion.


Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.

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