Tip of the Week: MLK 2017 Resources
Martin Luther King Day is next week and you’ve probably already finalized your lessons. Hopefully you’ve got multiple days built in to widen the discussion to US history, government, and current events. To help with your planning, take advantage of the different resources and ideas below. (Developed in part by the New York Times Learning Network.)
Library of Congress
- 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
- Looking Behind the March on Washington: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement and Labor in Primary Sources
Would your students be willing to march for something they believed in?
- 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.
- The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change Primary Sources
There are nearly a million documents associated with the life of Martin Luther King Jr. These pages will present a more dynamic view than is often seen of Dr. King’s life and times.
- The Constitution Center: The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Learn more about community service opportunities and history of MLK day.
- MLK Jr. National Historic Site, Georgia
The National Park Service has a great Teacher page
- Witnesses to History: 50 Years Later
Some who attended the 1963 March on Washington recall events from that day in 1963
- Resources for MLK Day
Edutopia’s collection of documents and lesson ideas
- ‘I Have a Dream’ and ‘The Lasting Power of Dr. King’s Dream Speech’
NYT Learning Network lesson using a Text to Text strategy
- “Teaching Martin Luther King Jr. in the Age of Freddie Gray
Syreeta McFadden writes about discussing “Letter From Birmingham Jail” with her students at a community college and different forms of protest.How does teaching about Dr. King and the civil rights movement look different in the era of Ferguson, Mo., and the Black Lives Matter movement? How does it look as we usher in a new administration?
- A Day of Service
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, challenges Americans to make the holiday into a day of active volunteer service to honor Dr. King. Students can research in the spirit of service here and here, and then design a day of service for themselves and their classmates, or for their family members, and present these ideas to their class. They can also find resources in our lesson plan Making a Difference: Ideas for Giving, Service Learning and Social Action.
- Watch Blackish
ABC sitcom following the lives of the Johnson family and openly addresses a variety of serious issues in a way that encourages conversation. The January 11 episode highlights both the division following the 2016 election and ways to mend differences. Tre’s speech at the end and Junior discovering that there’s more to the I Have a Dream speech than he thought can act as powerful hook activities.