Martin Luther King, Jr. Teaching Tips
Who was born on January 15, 1929? A man who believed in equality
and peace...Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are some ways to honor
this man. NOTE: If you live in a country other than America,
adapt these activities for a significant person in your
1. Draw a silhouette of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s face against a
plain background; then add lines to create a puzzle. Add words
that rhyme with 'king' in the spaces of the face and words that
rhyme with 'men' in the background. Color the first set of words
brown and the second set of words red. NOTE: Vary the activity
by adding equal math problems in the face and unequal math
problems in the background (ie: 4+6=2+7+1 versus 5+3=2+3+4).
2. Make a Criss-Cross puzzle with these words: Atlanta, dream,
equal, laws, leader, minister, peaceful, and prize.
3. Use the same words in Tip 2 to fill in these blanks:
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in _____, Georgia. Dr. King
received the Nobel Peace _____. MLK worked to change unfair
_____. Dr. King gave a famous speech called "I Have a _____."
MLK was a great _____. When he grew up, Martin Luther King, Jr.
became a _____. Dr. King believed that all people should be
_____. Dr. King believed in _____ protests.
4. Have older children look up the following words in a
dictionary, encyclopedia, or the internet: segregation,
prejudice, equality, civil rights, nonviolent resistance,
protest, demonstrations, equal opportunity, Nobel Peace Prize,
assassinated, tribute. What does each word or phrase mean? How
can you apply it to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life?
5. As a culminating activity to your unit, have a panel of
'interviewers' ask 'Dr. King' questions.
6. As an alternate activity, have children write a play.
Different groups of students can focus on various aspects of Dr.
I hope these ideas are useful and have inspired your own
And remember...Reading is FUNdamental!
(Answers to Tip 3: Atlanta, prize, laws, dream, leader,
minister, equal, peaceful)