The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is the first on the National Mall honoring a black leader. Select the image below to learn more about the design features and the legacy of this civil rights leader.
1. Try this listening activity. Listen to the I Have A Dream speech while you’re reading text. Then click on the words that are incorrect.
2. Here is a Martin Luther King, Jr. Internet scavenger hunt. Information is from the official U.S. Government website on Martin Luther King, Jr.
3. Read Julian Bond’s essay on the making of King into a non-threatening hero. Print the essay and create a blackout poem.
For character education, read Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles. Use the guided reading questions from Teach Peace Now.”
- Do you have a best friend?
- What are the qualities you look for in a friend?
- What do friends so together?
- How would you feel if your friend could do things and you weren’t allowed to just because you were different in some way?
- How do you think each character felt when they saw the pool being destroyed? Did they feel the same?
- A hero is sometimes described as someone who does something courageous even though they are afraid inside. Who are the heroes in this story? Why do you think so?
- The characters in this story lived a generation ago? What things have changed since then. What things are still the same?
- Can you think of instances of discrimination that have happened recently?
- How is your life similar or different from that of the boys in this story. What can you do that would help you “see things through someone else’s eyes” when reading a historical book?