In this lesson, students discover and discuss the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and especially focus on his ethic of service.
One 30 minute class period
The learner will:
service: to provide a community or organization with something that it needs
donate: to give or present something, especially to a charitable organization or other good cause
If the books listed in Materials are not available, go to one or more of these websites and share the online information with the students or download and print the information for students to read. (As with all websites, preview each site before showing to students to avoid unexpected content or pop-ups.)
The King Center, listen to the short audio recording of Dr. King's speech about service "The Drum Major Instinct" - http://www.thekingcenter.org/
Learning to Give paper about Dr. King - http://www.learningtogive.org/papers/paper193.html
Excerpt from Dr King's I have a Dream Speech, 2:18 minutes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4AItMg70kg
Noble Peace Prize website, Biography of Dr. King - http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html
History Channel - http://www.history.com/topics/martin-luther-king-jr
Ask the students what they know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. List their responses on a display area. Congratulate the students on their knowledge. Tell them that they will be learning more about Dr. King, in particular learning about his views on service and volunteerism.
Social Studies: Have the students research the issue of ethnic conflict in countries today. Discuss or write a comparison between modern ethnic conflict and the segregation and discrimination of African Americans.
Language Arts: Students write a poem or brief narrative describing their service experience through their senses.
Extend the lesson with a visioning activity that encourages students to think about what issues are part of their dreams for a better world. Give each student a sheet of white or colored paper (8 1/2” x 11”). Have each student draw a picture or use words and symbols to show what they would like the world to look like in ten years. Help them focus on an area by asking what one world problem they would like to fix and make perfect (well-fed children, school for everyone, healthy planet, no more illness). When they are done drawing, students tell the class about their vision. They start by saying, “In ten years I would like to see . . .” Display all the drawings on a bulletin board. Use the drawings as pre-reflection to help design a service project related to student interests.
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