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Martin’s Big Words: The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

December 29, 2009

 Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
Students will learn about this great American by studying his words. They will be able to apply his words to their life. I have read this book for the past two years to first graders, and the response and connections they make are inspirational.
Click on Words for lesson plans that include a language objective and instructions for using a cooperative learning structure.
Students can choose to write about any of the five quotes taken from the book. This will help differentiate instruction.
Click on one for a writing template containing a quote from Martin Luther King.
Click on two for a second writing template containing a quote from Martin Luther King.
Click on three for a third writing template containing a quote from Martin Luther King.
Click on four for a fourth writing template containing a quote from Martin Luther King.
Click on five for a fifth writing template containing a quote from Martin Luther King.
Click on pre-writing for a PowerPoint to use for developing ideas and making connections.

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  1. teacherthinktank permalink*
    January 24, 2010 12:42 pm

    I invited a parent, my assistant principal, the librarian, and the math specialist, to assist in this lesson.
    Each of the quotes was posted on a chart paper. Students were grouped and assigned to one of the adults. They walked to each chart, discussed the meaning of the quote, and made connections to their lives.
    The next day, the students wrote about the quotation of their choice.
    It was a very successful writing activity, since the students had been given the opportunity to discuss and make connections.
    Our assistant principal displayed the discussion charts on our morning school wide television broadcast. The children felt very proud of their work.

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