Teaching about Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

The days following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day provide teaching moments when students can reflect and think deeply about the challenges and legacy of a great American.

Among the many classroom resources for a range of grades,
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Authentic Legacy helps students in grades 3-5 and 6-8 to understand and connect to King’s legacy with a short video and accompanying hands-on activities to explore how King’s leadership expanded social justice, particularly for African Americans.

Connecting Dr. King’s Legacy to Today’s Reality allows students in grades 9-12 to think deeply about the achievements of the civil rights movement and the enduring challenges that continue to impede social justice and equity.  A video and accompanying support materials serve as a bridge between the past and the present, helping to set up a discussion about the unfinished agenda of King’s movement.

Kids Can Be Changemakers! lets Dr. King’s legacy inspire Pre-K students with vocabulary, critical thinking questions, and discussion prompts to engage students through poetry.  Also, robust educator guides suggest workshops that center student voice and exploration.

You can search many more resources for Dr. King by grade, resource type and more at PBS LearningMedia.

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