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Today I would like to share a list of Martin Luther King Jr. resources you can compile into a fabulous unit study for the young to older kids.
This is the first year for me to think further about Martin Luther King Day that people usually shorten into MLK day. Martin Luther Day is celebrated in the United States of America on the third Monday of January each year. It took me a lot of time to get to know about this holiday as it is not my native holiday. I knew about this holiday, but it is the first time I am trying to get to know about this holiday.
Getting to know about Martin Luther King Jr. is very important. As a non-US learner, I feel it is very inspiring to learn about this famous person. He inspires people to respect and treat others equally because everyone has the same human right.
It was not easy for me to figure out Martin Luther King Day for the first time. Most of the resources were mixed up and complicated for younger learners. After browsing around, here are the resources I collected and organize:
Martin Luther King Jr Resources
Videos about Martin Luther King Day
Teaching and learning with the videos about the holiday in general is the easiest thing to help. Here are some general videos about Martin Luther King holiday for the basic concept:
Learning from live videos is not always easy. I love the animation below because it is based on the timeline and it doesn’t take a long time and sounds simple.
You also can use dialogue animation to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. Here is a video directed for kids in preschool to grade 1. It is a reading to children from 5 – 8 years old.
Check out the book below to read with children.
Martin Luther King Jr. facts
You can print out Facts about Martin Luther King Jr. for older kids who are more ready to read.
10 Facts about Martin Luther King – Learn about the world-famous civil rights campaigner…, From National Geographic Kids
It has a longer explanation for each of the fact. It will suit kids in upper elementary or middle school levels.
Hero for All: Martin Luther King, Jr. is also about facts based on monochrome pictures. Kids can read the facts while observing the photos.
Martin Luther King Jr. facts for kids
is in the middle related to the length of the text. Kids can read the facts, observing the photos while reading the captions.
9 Cool Things to Teach Your Kids (& Yourself) About MLK has very short interesting points to include when kids learn about Martin Luther King Jr. There are also a list of questions included to sum up the learning.
Arts activities for MLK Day
Martin Luther King Jr speech, “I have a dream”
It is not complete when you don’t include the famous speech of Martin Luther King Jr entitled “I Have Dream” when kids learning about this topic. Here are several versions of the speech:
Martin Luther King Jr. — ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech in its Entirety will be great for high school learning or a study focused on reading
Spoken speech to listen
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his speech, “I have a dream” is a mp3 file for learners to listen and work on something. Get them to listen sevefral times before doing comprehensions or other projects. It will be great fo native speakers and auditory learners.
Martin Luther King Jr – I have a dream Speech Video
The video is an introduction to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that was held on August 28, 1963, followed by a long excerpt from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Martin Luther King Jr. Worksheets
Martin Luther King Jr. Lesson Plans
Teachnology MLK lesson plan is a paid information.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me: Identifying with a Hero Lesson Plan from Read Think Write is for learners from 7 to 12 grades. There are great academic activities that train critical thinking and help learners to express their thought.
Dr. King’s Dream Lesson Plan has basic concept teaching to more advanced ones. There are also several deep lesson plans for middle and high school learners.
Education World has wonderful Martin Luther King Jr. lesson plans to celebrate the US holiday. They will fit the school context, but we still can take some for homeschool.
Martin Luther King Jr. Books
There are a lot of books to help younger learners to middle school ones to get the basic concepts and more inspirations from Martin Luther King Jr. Here are some of them you might want to check out:
I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World)Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (A Big Words Book, 1)A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Picture Book Biography)National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr. (Readers Bios)The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.: A Biography Book for New Readers (The Story Of: A Biography Series for New Readers)Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was?)Martin Luther King, Jr. (Little People, BIG DREAMS, 33)Martin Luther King, Jr. (My Early Library: My Itty-Bitty Bio)I am Brave: A Little Book about Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World)Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids: 51 Inspiring People from Ancient Africa to Modern-Day U.S.A.My Little Golden Book About Martin Luther King Jr.Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and YouHappy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr. (Scholastic Bookshelf)When Martin Luther King Jr. Wore Roller Skates (Leaders Doing Headstands)Good Night Martin Luther King Jr. (Good Night Our World)Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (Color and Learn): An Illustrated History Coloring Book For Everyone!A Lesson for Martin Luther King Jr. (Ready-to-Read Childhood of Famous Americans)
If you like this Martin Luther King Jr Resources, you might need to check other resource lists for other holidays: