Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be 87 years young on January 15, 2016! There’s so much this man has done for the civil rights movement and is still doing. If you’re reading this and are about to study this important man, you’re in luck! Below we are providing many tested resources as of January 2016 to help you celebrate and learn with your students. These are videos, worksheets, lesson plans and activities on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for every age group. Let’s get started!
Here is a video from National Geographic chronicling his journey. This video is 2:35 minutes long from a historical perspective full of footage and photos from the time.
Here’s a “mini Bio” 4:47 minutes in length that is a bit more modern and well narrated. It has some great footage and photos not often seen. With a bit more interaction from the teacher, stopping video at key points to probe and create discussion, this can be a great teaching tool.
For the kids also, you may go to Activity Village for coloring pages, worksheets, printables, crafts and puzzles about MLK Jr. We found Apples4theteacher had a vast array of activities including printables, lessons, etc.
We also recommend visiting MLKonline for more on the speeches, pictures, quotes and biography. For the older students we’ve found this detailed lesson which explores the role young people played in the African American Freedom struggle. Alternatively, this lesson from the Center for Civic Education helps students reflect on the words by Dr. King and their impact on the social, economic and political issues of the day.
Here is a video of his famous “I have a dream” speech which runs 17:27 minutes long.
But one that is less known is the “What is in your life’s blueprint” speech. This is speech he gave at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967. Here is a beautiful quote from that speech.
“Number one in your life’s blueprint should be…a deep belief in your own dignity, your own worth and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you are nobody. Alway feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth. And always feel that your life has ultimate significance…”
We hope you’ve enjoyed these videos and resources. Please let us know in the comments what we have left out so we may add to these key resources. Please share this page with teachers and parents alike.
Have a great time celebrating this amazing man!
Oscar Cielos Staton began his teaching career in 1998 while continuing his passion for film production in Texas. He quickly developed an affinity for working with low socioeconomic Hispanic families. “The lives of my students,” he says “very much mirror the life I once had as an immigrant in this country in a public elementary school. Actually, I tell them they are lucky because they have other students similar to them in the same classroom. My experience was that of a true minority in the classroom. Only one other student in my class spoke Spanish!” As a teacher, he established himself as someone in touch with the student experience. Nowadays Oscar continues his educational journey with the Teach Cow Network and his podcast Teachers Talk Live, which brings together teachers from all over the world for talks on K-12 Education.