Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Martin Luther King and Black History Month

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Picture Book Biographies)Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground RailroadFreedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary EditionThe Other Side

January is quickly approaching!  Prepare for Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month (Feb.) with the following resources. The books pictured above are great resources for your classroom library. 
You can find a reader's theater for Freedom on the Menu by Carole Weatherford here.  It is about a child who wants to eat a banana split in a drugstore, but can’t because she is not white. The author offers a great lesson plan on her website.  She uses a Langston Hughes poem, photographs, and links to Jim Crow Laws.  This book is based on the Greensboro Sit-Ins of 1960. Check out her entire Website!

Sarah Chauncey developed a wonderful website that is now archived.  You will find reader’s theaters, Ebook links, poetry links, and much more.   Download The Grandview Library’s Reader’s Theaters ppt. for grades K—3.  These are short and perfect for shared  reading.  A more lengthy play (Martin Luther King, Jr.,THE STORY OF A DREAM, a play by June Behrens)  and perfect for a school presentation can be found here
Several Ebooks on famous African Americans, including Martin Luther King can be found here.
An activity for middle grades and high school, If You had a Dream, can be found here.  Students rewrite portions of the speech into their own words.

PBS has a lesson plan for grades 9-12 using MLK’s I Have a Dream Speech here.

You can find several days of lesson plans, including resources here at Teachers.net.  This is an oldie, but a goodie! Lessons adapt well to balanced literacy.

The following were simply typed and made ready for print.  I am not the author.  They are available on many sites.

Download Choral Reading by Joan Nichols

Download Speech by Joan Nichols

More ideas:
ReadWorks has grade level comprehension passages!
Preschool Ideas...Wonderful resource!
Using your read-alouds, create a timeline of MLK's life!
Listen or Watch to Dr. King's speech
Arts and Crafts activities to promote diversity
Great activities from KidsActivites.net
Black History Clipart...Free from Phillip Martin
TLC Writing and Art Display (archived) Makes a great Classroom display!  You can see an example over at "Chalk Talk" of this activity, as well as many others.
And finally.....

My Dream for K-2



  1. I LOVE the poems!!!!!! What a great post! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Also, I have a New Years Resolution linky party & a questioner on my blog that I would really love your feedback on. Please stop by and give me your opinion.


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  2. WOW! What a terrific collection of books and ideas! I just LOVE "The Other Side." I usually use it to teach theme, and it is a book that really helps kids "get it."

    Thank you, Sandra, for putting all of the time and energy into compiling these resources to share with others.

    With Bloggy Gratitude,

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  3. Thanks Kim! Glad to hear about your favorite book and how you use it! I love that moment when kids "get it"!!!

  4. Happy New Year, Sandi, and THANKS for these amazing MLK resources! Kim sent me here and I'm so glad she did. I am going to share your beautiful My Dream printable with my faculty Tuesday when we go back.

    Two other books you might want to check out are A Taste of Colored Water by Matt Faulkner and In Sit In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down, Andrea Davis Pinkney - they both complement our fairness pillar beautifully.

  5. Thanks Barbara! I will check out these two new books! "The fairness pillar" is a beautiful saying!

  6. Thanks for sharing all these great resources in one place. I've nominated you for the Versatile Award. Check it out here.

  7. Thanks for all the great ideas. I've just discovered your blog---and nominated it. Check it out here:

    First Grade and Fabulous