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Martin Luther King, Jr.
Elementary Lesson Plan

Books

Marzollo, Jean
Happy Birthday Martin Luther King
An introduction to a great civil rights leader.
 

Additional Titles

Farris, Christine King
March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World
From the sister of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., comes this moving account of August 28, 1963 -- the day King delivered his I Have a Dream speech in Washington, D.C. Farris recalls that day, and offers a personal glimpse of the man who inspired a nation.
 
Trueit, Trudi Strain
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
An American hero -- Birth of a leader -- Different races, different rules -- I have a dream -- Taking action -- Celebrating civil rights -- Poetry corner -- Songs of unity -- Joining in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- Making a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day pin -- Words to know -- How to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
 

Poetry

"Martin Luther King Day"

The dream
of Martin Luther King
will happen
in some far-off Spring

When winter ice
And snow are gone.
One day, the dreamer
In gray dawn

Will waken
To a blinding night
Where hawk and dove
In silent flight

Brush wings together
On a street
Still thundering
With ghostly feet

And soul will dance
And soul will sing
And march with
Martin Luther King.

--Myra Cohn Livingston
 

Song

"Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream " Sung to the tune of "He's got the whole world in his Hands" From http://martin-luther-king-day.123holiday.net/king_songs.html

Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream (Sing three times)
He had the whole world in his dream.

He had me and you, in his dream
He had me and you, in his dream
He had me and you, in his dream
He had the whole world in his dream.

 

Activities:

Writing:

What makes a Hero?
Write an brief paragraph about what makes someone a hero in the eyes of others.

Word Puzzles