Today, we're talking about activities for honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I absolutely love the book Martin's Big Words to read to my students. His "I Have A Dream Speech is interwoven throughout the text so you children really sense the power behind his message. I highly recommend picking up that one, but here's a collage with some other books you may enjoy
- sentence strips
- markers or crayons
- a photocopy of a poem for each student. My class kept a Poetry Anthology throughout the year so I had them glue in a copy of the poem.
- First, take time to read and discuss the poem with your class. Talk about language, structure, messages, imagery, and any emotions that come from reading the poem.
- Literally, break the poem apart into the number of students you have. If you have 25 students, break the poem into 25 small parts. Sometime you may have to break one line of poetry apart to make two parts. The title can count as one of the parts if needed.
- Assign each child a part of the poem to write in large lettering on a sentence strip. Tip: As I assign parts to students, I always record names next to a whole class copy of the poem. Someone always forgets their lines. This alleviates that problem!
- Ask your students to write their part of the poem in pencil first, then trace over it in a bright color with crayon or marker.
- When they finish, they will lay the part of the poem they wrote on a sentence strip down on a large open space (I used my rug area.)
- Arrange the parts correctly into the original poem with your class and reread it.
- Cut and trim the sentence strips and tape them together to make your GIANT poem.
- Display it on a bulletin board or in the hallway. Trust me, it looks very impressive when it's finished. Plus, you're students will not be able to resist stopping and reading it whenever they notice it. I displayed my class GIANT poem on the way into the cafeteria so hundreds of kids would read it, not just my own.
On Martin Luther King Day
Treat people kindly.
Do what is fair.
Work for all people
Show that you care.
Change what is wrong,
But please do not fight.
Think of new ways
To change wrong to right.
These are the ways,
If we work as a team.
To remember the man,
Who said, “I have a dream.”
By: Sharon Siegelman
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