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Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Grades 9-12

Lesson Plans, Activity Ideas & Other Resources for Teaching MLK Day

Found In: Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies, Grades 9-12

Help students in grades 9-12 put in perspective the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan: The Children's Crusade & the Role of Youth in the African American Freedom Struggle
Students in grades 9-12 learn about the role of youth in the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama and Civil Rights Movement.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech as a work of literature
Students (9-12) analyze the rhetorical influences on and the oratorical devices used by King.

I Have a Dream: Exploring Nonviolence in Young Adult Texts
Students in grades 9-12 compare Martin Luther King’s dream of nonviolence, rapper Common’s “A Dream,” and Walter Dean Myers’ “Monkeyman.”

Background Resources

I Have a Dream: Celebrating the Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.
A source of activities, lessons, and websites.

Martin Luther King Jr.
NY Times archive of articles on MLK.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
This companion website features history (1896-1954); stories, including video, audio, photographs, and documents; interactive maps; tools & activities; and lesson plans and activities for middle school and high school.

MLK Websites



last updated: November 6, 2019


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