Lesson

Interpreting the Teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sharing Them with Others

Lesson Overview

Through watching videos of  Dr. King's various speeches, seeing the video of the signing of the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964/ revised 1968, reading famous quotes of Drl King,  and pondering songs and writings of other authors on the topic of race relations, students will have a better understanding of personal responsibilities and possibilities; for friendship, citizenship, and for healthy ways of belonging & THRIVING  in a multicultural society.  Creating student projects will provide the time to thoughtfully ponder the depth of these concepts. 

Duration
3-4 hours
Lesson Type
Project Based Lesson

Essential Question

What are some important laws, speeches,  writings, artworks, and music that go to the HEART of the matter relating to racial relations in the United States...and what can they teach us? 

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

8, 9, 10, 11

Social Studies

Please provide an assortment of art materials for students who wish to create a project with visual arts, such as COLORED CONSTRUCTION PAPER, MARKERS, PASTELS, MULTI-CULTURAL CRAYONS, etc.
This project is an excellent one for students working together in  a  small group[2-3,] and constructing a GROUP PROJECT; however, the GROUP PROJECT may contain several components:
1. A short speech reviewing the changes in society/continuing needs for change
2. This could be followed by an ART EXHIBITION of several drawings, paintings, etc.,  illustrating ideas of Civil Rights/fair & equal treatment/ the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., etc.
4. A poem composed that highlights some of the ideals of Dr. King, as well as the achievements of those in our nation, and the work that continues to be done.
THE TEACHER MAY WANT THE CLASS TO WATCH VIDEOS TOGETHER AND DISCUSS AS A CLASS, BEFORE GROUPS, FORM TO WORK ON A PROJECT/PRESENTATION.

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Lesson Created By: katherinebradley