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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me: Identifying with a Hero

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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me: Identifying with a Hero

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Devon Hamner

Devon Hamner

Grand Island, Nebraska


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers by Christine King Farris (Simon and Schuster, 2003)

  • Other books and other information sources about Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Chart tablets and writing materials for the KWL chart

  • Writing materials and art supplies

  • Party supplies

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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me journal template

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  • Obtain the book My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers.

  • Collect other sources of information about Dr. King. Other books that might be used during this study include

    • Young Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have a Dream by Joanne Mattern (Troll Books, 1991).

    • Martinís Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport (Jump Sun, 2001).

    • Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo (Scholastic, 1993).

    • Letís Read About...Martin Luther King, Jr. by Courtney Baker (Scholastic, 2001).

    • Resources from Weekly Reader, Time for Kids, Scholasticís Letís Find Out, etc.

    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster Book published by Kids Books, Inc.

    • If You Lived in the Time of Martin Luther King by Ellen Levine (Scholastic, 1994). Note: This book is word intensive and designed for older students, but it provides good information when used as a resource or reference book.

  • Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birth Home Virtual Tour on your computer to ensure that you have Java enabled and can explore the site with students.

  • Explore and bookmark appropriate resources from the Websites section. Note that the sites include information and images which may be confusing or upsetting for students (for instance, the Life site's photo labeled "Arrested for 'loitering' and being manhandled by Montgomery, Alabama police"). Be sure to check the sites carefully to ensure that they are appropriate for your students and that they fit your district's standards.

  • Make copies of the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me Journal Template for students. Adapt the journal, as necessary, to meet the age and ability levels of your class. For instance, the "Our Families" page is an alternative for older students. Younger students can use the "Who We Are" page.

  • Collect writing and drawing materials, and art supplies.

  • Obtain a chart tablet for a KWL chart ; divide chart into three sections:

    • What you already Know,

    • What you Wonder about (or Want to know)

    • What you Learned

  • Plan and prepare for the party to celebrate Dr. Kingís birthday.

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