Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an important African-American leader in the Civil Rights Movement. In this movie, you’ll learn how Dr. King grew up in a time of segregation, discrimination, and prejudice. People of different races, cultures, and religions were often treated unfairly. To protest, Dr. King helped organize non-violent rallies, boycotts, marches, and sit-ins. This movie tells about his role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the March on Washington where he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. Learn about Dr. King’s life and assassination, and how we celebrate his beliefs and honor his memory.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lesson Plan: Sequencing Events

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-5, students use BrainPOP resources to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. Students will sequence the major events in Dr. King's life and discuss Dr. King as a leader and his impact on the civil rights movement using a series of cooperative learning activities and handouts. See more »

Lesson Ideas for Using BrainPOP to Teach About Holidays

BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. offer lots of movie topic pages for the holidays. Here are some ideas for incorporating them into your classroom instruction: Have students generate and answer their own FYI questions related to a particular holiday. As a class, read the FYI questions on the holiday's movie topic page. Ask students to suggest additional questions about the holiday that were not answered in the movie or on the FYI page. Students can work collaboratively to choose one question to research as a group. Have them share their findings in a class Google Doc or blog post which uses the same format as BrainPOP's FYI. Have students read the responses that other groups composed and facilitate a discussion around them. See more »

Dr. King, Similes and Metaphors Lesson Plan: Identifying Literary Conventions in a Historical Speech

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3 to 5, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the purpose of similes. Students will identify examples of simile use in specific historical texts and recognize the power of literary conventions in a historically significant speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Civil Rights Movement Lesson Plan: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-12, students use BrainPOP and/or BrainPOP Jr. resources to gain a deeper understanding of the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement. Students create a profile of someone who inspires them and share the profile in creative ways with their peers and the community. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Background Information for Teachers and Parents

This page contains information to support educators and families in teaching K-3 students about Martin Luther King, Jr. The information is designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. movie Martin Luther King, Jr. It explains the type of content covered in the movie, provides ideas for how teachers and parents can develop related understandings, and suggests how other BrainPOP Jr. resources can be used to scaffold and extend student learning. See more »

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities for Kids

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more. See more »

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