Commemorate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his nonviolent struggle for civil rights in the United States with these lesson plans and multimedia resources.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Explore the legacy of one of America's greatest icons, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with these teaching resources. You'll find biographies, memorable quotes, and plays detailing the struggle for civil rights, as well as printables and multimedia resources about Dr. King. The following resources also include retrospective lessons and articles to guide your students while examining the state of his legacy and dream today.
Use this video from Scholastic News to help you teach about Martin Luther King Jr., a man who changed America.
Students create time lines that reflect important events in the civil rights movement and the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
This brief biography of the Civil Rights movement leader and Nobel Peace Prize honoree also contains suggestions for discussion topics and writing prompts.
Dr. King's Words
Students learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by dramatizing an episode from his childhood and imagining how it might have started him on his lifelong crusade to end racism.
Freedom’s Ring is an animated, interactive, multimedia presentation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech created by The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. Students can read along with the text of both the written speech and Dr. King's reading of it as they listen to the audio recording from August 28, 1963.
This three-act play depicts scenes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life.
Inspirational quotations from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the problems, the solutions, and the future of race matters
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with this nonfiction mini-book praising civil rights and working together.
The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
This unit on MLK and social issues brings to light that there are other concerns going on in the world and that one person can make a difference regardless of age, gender, or nationality.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. devoted his life to helping others. Take the Do Something challenge to motivate your students to become involved in their communities as a way to honor the life and work of Dr. King.
You can thoroughly teach Martin Luther King, Jr. and Common Core Standards to younger students with this one day unit.
This lesson plan introduces young students to the contributions of Dr. King and has them consider how to make the world a better place.
Real teachers share their favorite ways to honor the life and legacy of the Civil Rights leader.
The celebrated author discusses King's legacy.
Create a list of conflicts in children's lives and role-play peaceful solutions. Use the banner template to help students generate list of hopes, wishes, and goals, then display them in the classroom.
Explore words such as "compassion," "cooperation," and "persistence."
This captivating biography helps students learn about a great leader during a troubled time in American history and practice identifying main ideas and details. Activities include listening to the “I Have a Dream” speech, presenting a play about Dr. King, and writing about students' own dreams.
As students read I Have a Dream, they will learn about cause and effect by examining events in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and how he brought about change in America.
Use these activities before and after reading about Martin Luther King's life and his fight for civil rights for all African Americans.
Students will research poems about freedom and discuss civil rights issues with these extension activities.
A guide to teaching and talking about the civil rights movement with books for children and teens
Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his nonviolent struggle for Civil Rights with these books for students in grades PreK–8.