Wednesday, August 28th is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Mark this important event in American history with these resources from the ReadWriteThink site.
- Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Words through Diamante Poetry (for grades 9–12)
Students explore the ways that powerful and passionate words communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
- Entering History: Nikki Giovanni and Martin Luther King, Jr. (for grades 6–8)
Nikki Giovanni’s poem “The Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr.” is paired with Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, taking students on a quest through time to the Civil Rights movement.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me: Identifying with a Hero (for grades K–2)
This lesson provides ideas for celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by encouraging students to explore the connections between Dr. King and themselves through journaling and inquiry-based research.
- Living the Dream: 100 Acts of Kindness (for grades K–2)
This lesson provides the “action piece” for any study of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this project, students participate in Dr. King’s dream by doing 100 acts of kindness.
- How Big Are Martin’s Big Words? Thinking Big about the Future (for grades 3–5)
Inspired by the book Martin’s Big Words, students explore information on Dr. King to think about his “big” words, then they write about their own “big” words and dreams.
- I Have a Dream: Exploring Nonviolence in Young Adult Texts (for grades 9–12)
Students will identify how Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of nonviolent conflict-resolution is reinterpreted in modern texts. Homework is differentiated to prompt discussion on how nonviolence is portrayed through characterization and conflict. Students will be formally assessed on a thesis essay that addresses the Six Kingian Principles of Nonviolence.
Focus on Interactive Tools
- Acrostic Poems
Have students write acrostic poems about Dr. King or his speech with the Acrostic Poem tool.
- Dr. King Bio Cubes
Families and children can gather or summarize information about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Bio Cube interactive.
- Create Poetry with the Word Mover App
Use the word bank from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and create found poetry.
If you want even more resources, check out the Martin Luther King, Jr. collection from Thinkfinity.