MLK Day, Civil Rights and Diversity Resources




Resources and Ideas

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lesson Plan A lesson plan from EconEdLink that provides context and resources to aid students in understanding how the Civil Rights Movement Developed.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Videos, Articles, & Primary Sources for K-12th Grade Honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in your classroom this January with articles and primary sources with ReadWorks question sets and vocabulary support. Plus, share videos related to the life of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement with your students.

What is Diversity? 

Teaching Diversity to Primary Students

MLK Day: Five Education World Resources Education World has gathered five lesson plans, resources and activities for teachers to use to teach about Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Constitution Hall Pass: "Dr. Marin Luther King Jr.: A Legacy of Service"

Live Chat: Wednesday, January 15 - Friday, January 17 and Monday, January 20, 2014  from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST (that’s 10:00 am – 9:00 pm MST)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw himself as a servant of humanity, and he wanted his life to be remembered as a life of service to others. In this episode, we'll look at Dr. King's legacy of service. We'll explore how his use of nonviolence was not just a political tool, but a way to demonstrate service to others. Join us as we honor the memory of this great American by talking about service.

Your students will:

DISCOVER how Dr. King came to be recognized with a national holiday-and the role that service plays in his special day. 

BE INSPIRED by Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington. 

MEET famous people who were inspired by Dr. King's message of nonviolence. 

FIND OUT how they can get involved with service opportunities in their own community. 

Breaking Barriers Lesson Plan

Provides students with first-hand experience about how African-American individuals have broken barriers to racial integration in the United States, achieving equal rights and making lasting contributions to the country’s political, social and cultural development.

"I Have a Dream" Mobiles Activity

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech by creating and decorating this mobile that inspires you to think about your own dreams--for your community, your country, and the world.

10 Famous Quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most quotable speakers of the 20th century. Here are 10 statements from King’s 13-year career as a public figure that defined his quest.

How Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Became a Holiday

The fight to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a holiday took 32 years, a lot of campaigning, and guest appearances including Stevie Wonder, Ted Kennedy, and the National Football League.

Constitution Daily: The Emotional Copyright Issue over Dr. King's Speech

On the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, the argument continues about who should own the video rights to the speech itself and where the video can be shown.

Constitution Daily: King's Indignant Message in "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

An essay on King's message in "Letter from Birmingham Jail".

Black History Month NonFiction Text

February is Black History Month. Here are a few helpful non-fiction passages and research-based question sets about a variety of topics and historical figures related to its observance. You may need to set up a FREE account.

MLK Everything You Need

Everything you need to learn and teach about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The King Center

A digital archive about the life of Dr. King Jr.
Diversity Lessons, activities, crafts and websites for  all grades.
MLK Jr.Photo Gallery More for upper elementary students and teacher resource.
Teaching Tolerance Lots of lesson ideas for K-6
MLK Jr. and Me Lesson Students create a journal comparing their lives to MLK Jr.  For lower and upper elementary students
Journal template is on website.Also, has links to other websites with information and pictures.
Timeline Activity Great idea for reading a book about MLK Jr. and then have each student create a picture  to go along with a fact.  Student samples are shown. Adaptable for lower and upper elementary students.
MLK Resource Links Includes information on other famous African Americans.
Guess the Words in the “I Have a Dream” speech Students type in missing words and then check their answers.
Songs, puzzles, crafts, writing prompts and more Lots of resources for all ages.
MLK Activities Websites and printables about MLK Jr. Day and other famous people.  Great for primary grades.
Science Experiment A science experiment that teaches about diversity.  Good for all ages.
MLK Websites Good for all ages.
MLK Day and Civil Rights Facts, figures and folklore about MLK and the  Civil Rights Movement with links to additional information.
Commemorate Dr. King Resources to commemorate the life of Dr. King including a video, mini-book, vocabulary activities and SMART Board resources.
National Civil Rights Museum  Look under "Educational Resources"