The Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day isn't just about remembering the history of the Civil Rights movement. It is also about teaching the value of service, using King's life as a model. A video resource traces King's life and legacy, while questions help pupils unpack the issues around the Civil Rights movement.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the lesson by asking learners to identify a service project to do on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Use discussion questions along with the video to talk about King's biography and legacy
Classroom Considerations

  • While the video was designed to be shown around the holiday, the biography could be used in a variety of classroom settings
Pros

  • Video challenges viewers to consider how they can integrate service into their lives
  • Clips of King allow individuals to hear King's voice, giving them a deeper connection to the material
Cons

  • None