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Tip of the Week – Martin Luther King Day Resources

January 16th is Martin Luther King Day. Many of you have asked about teaching resources as you and your kids celebrate his life. I’ve posted a few excellent resources below.

Have fun!

Library of Congress
From Slavery to Civil Rights: A Timeline of African American History
Some awesome primary sources
Civil Rights for Students
Resources and materials designed to help students gather information and create products
Civil Rights Themed Resources
Study voting rights, maps, political cartoons as well as pamphlets, legal documents, poetry, music, and personal correspondence and oral histories

National Archives
Teaching With Documents:The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
In the 1960s, all three branches of the federal government debated a fundamental constitutional question: Does the Constitution’s prohibition of denying equal protection always ban the use of racial, ethnic, or gender criteria in an attempt to bring social justice and social benefits?
Teaching With Documents: Court Documents Related to Martin Luther King, Jr., and Memphis Sanitation Workers

Martin Luther King was assassinated one day before a second march in Memphis designed to assist African American public workers. This lesson provides primary sources, suggested activities and links.

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Lesson Plans, Activity Ideas & Other Resources for Teaching MLK Day
Help students put in perspective Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history with this site maintained by the National Education Association.

Celebrating MLK Day
In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here is a collection of New York Times, Learning Network and other materials for teaching and learning about Dr. King, the civil rights movement he led and his legacy.

Martin Luther King Jr Resources for Teachers
Learn about Martin Luther King Jr, an outstanding American leader and hero, who was born on January 15. Share the stories of his vision and commitment by using the activities, lessons, and printables below that detail Dr. King’s life.

Do a quick “martin luther king” search here and find 62 incredible lesson plans and resources.


Updated January 9th
(A couple of extra sites that should not be ignored but some how I missed both.)

This site is always a great place to search for useful stuff. Twenty-two great lessons and resources here.
In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, has created a special spotlight page that features website reviews, teaching materials, quizzes, and ideas for how to incorporate Dr. King’s legacy into your classroom.

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. EDSITEment has lots of resources for teaching MLK

    January 9, 2012
    • glennw #

      Man! How did I forget EDSITEment?! Joe, you’re right . . . I really missed on this one. EDSITEment is definitely a place to go.

      Thanks for the heads up.


      January 9, 2012

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