Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Honoring an American Hero

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By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—celebrated next Monday, Jan. 16, 2017—provides an inspiring opportunity to teach about justice and heroism.

Dr. King—an American hero who lived and died long before our students were born—is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. Although he died for his beliefs, his legacy lived on in a changed world.

The United States declared Dr. King’s birthday a federal holiday in 1986, but his commitment to civil rights through non-violent protest resonates even today, far beyond US shores. He has been honored with the Nobel Peace Prize, among many others.

Here are a few of Curriki’s favorite resources for teaching a new generation about this great man:

Who Was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream: equality for all people. This lesson looks at how one life can change the world.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me: Identifying with a Hero
This lesson provides ideas for celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by encouraging students to explore the connections between Dr. King and themselves.

Martin Luther KingLiving the Dream: 100 Acts of Kindness
Students participate in Dr. King’s dream by doing 100 acts of kindness.

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Power of Nonviolence
This lesson introduces Middle School students to King’s philosophy of nonviolence, and to the teachings of Mohandas K. Gandhi that influenced King’s views.

Martin Luther King Day Teaching Resources
Science NetLinks and AAAS have developed a number of resources from the social and behavioral sciences that will help you celebrate the work and legacy of Dr. King in your classroom, from understanding stereotypes to skin color to social class.

Scholastic MLK Resources
Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his nonviolent struggle for civil rights in the United States with biographies, memorable quotes, plays, printables and multimedia resources.


Janet PintoJanet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, leads and manages all of Curriki’s content development, user experience, and academic direction. Learn more at Curriki.org.

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Curriki: Your One-Stop Site for Free, High-Quality (MLK) Classroom Resources

By Janet Pinto, Curriki Chief Academic Officer

Have you heard of Curriki, but not yet explored it to find or share K-12 classroom resources?

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day coming up, we decided to illustrate just how easy Curriki is to use. Here is teacher Greg Guy’s experience when preparing a lesson to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.:

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I decided to test the powers of Curriki by preparing for a lesson for Martin Luther King, Jr. It was November so I was certain the education community would be stumped and unprepared. I found numerous resources using only Dr. King’s initials in the search box. I compiled several resources from various plans and created an elaborate study of Dr. King’s speech which included visual stimuli, a tag cloud of his speech, the audio, and an extensive history of Dr. King’s life and the Civil Rights Movement. Four years later, I’m using this exact lesson plan with every class I teach. I now use Curriki resources in nearly all of my lessons.

Now it’s your turn…

The easiest way to find resources is to use the Search box: www.curriki.org

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Start by typing in a key word and click on +More Options or +Search by Standard to narrow your search using other criteria, such as a subject, grade level, type (e.g., lesson plan, game, audio), rating, or state standard.

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In this case, we’ll do what Greg Guy tried and type in “MLK.” A list of approximately 40 resources appears – all for you to use, modify or share. A couple of examples include Scholastic Resources on MLK to “I Have A Dream” Reading Road Map.

Curriki offers nearly 90,000 learning resources, so I encourage you to explore the site.

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on January 18, here is a collection you can start with to use, modify or share – all at your fingertips and all for free.

 

How to Make Curriki Your One-Stop Site for Free, High-Quality Classroom Resources

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer janetpic_preferred_cropped

Have you heard of Curriki, but not yet explored it to find or share K-12 classroom resources?

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day coming up, we decided to illustrate just how easy Curriki is to use. Here is teacher Greg Guy’s (Florida) experience when preparing a lesson to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“I decided to test the powers of Curriki by preparing for a lesson for Martin Luther King, Jr. It was November so I was certain the education community would be stumped and unprepared. I found numerous resources using only Dr. King’s initials in the search box. I compiled several resources from various plans and created an elaborate study of Dr. King’s speech which included visual stimuli, a tag cloud of his speech, the audio, and an extensive history of Dr. King’s life and the Civil Rights Movement. Four years later, I’m using this exact lesson plan with every class I teach. I now use Curriki resources in nearly all of my lessons”

Now it’s your turn…

The easiest way to find resources is to use the Advanced Search box:

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Start by typing in a key word and check off any other criteria, such as a subject, grade level or rating, which you can access via the pull-down menus.  In this case, we’ll do what Greg Guy tried and type in “MLK.” A list of approximately 20 resources appear.

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Curriki offers more than 50,000 learning resources, so I encourage you to explore the site.

mlk2As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on January 15, here is a collection you can start with to use, modify or share – all at your fingertips and all for free!