Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have a dream ...” You know the words, but what do you know about the man who said them? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to the inspiring life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! You’ll learn what the civil rights movement was, what was different about the United States in the first part of the 20th Century, and what segregation had to do with it. You’ll learn about King’s family background and how he helped begin the Montgomery bus boycott. You’ll also discover who inspired King, and how his non-violent protests lead to Supreme Court decisions banning segregation. Plus, you’ll find out some of the dangers King faced in his fight to end segregation — and how he met an untimely death. Need a hero? You couldn’t find a better one.

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 »

Brown vs. Board of Education Lesson Plan: Compare and Contrast with Plessy vs. Ferguson

In this lesson plan, students learn about the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme court case and conduct a comparison to the judgements in Plessy vs. Ferguson. 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 Lesson Plan: Tracking History Through Timelines

In this Civil Rights lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3 through 5, students use BrainPOP resources to develop an understanding of how to use and create a timeline. Students will utilize technology to locate information that provides answers to questions about a historical topic and compare life now with life in the past. 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 »

U.S. History Lesson Plan: Exploring Cause and Effect

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students select two topics in United States history and use BrainPOP resources to explore the relationship between those topics. Students will work collaboratively to determine the cause and effect relationships and present their research to the class in a creative format of their choice. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Famous Historical Figures Lesson Plan: Who Am I?

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for any grade level, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the life and works of historical figures. Students will research their selected historical figure, create a "Who Am I?" bag of clues about their figure, and invite classmates to deduce which historical figure they researched. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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