Martin Luther King, Jr. Lapbook
To celebrate, we watched a video of Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream‘ speech, and tied that into most of our lessons for today. Dr. King’s speech is full of literary devices that make it easy even for children who don’t have the vocabulary to understand.
We talked about the feelings that statements like ‘sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination‘ and ‘stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice‘ and ‘rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice‘ evoked, and how we could get the idea even if we don’t know exactly what the words mean. I was surprised at how well the boys picked up on those cues.
Think what you want about Dr. King, the civil rights movement or racial issues in general, but give credit where credit is due – the man could SPEAK. I’ve listened to that speech many times over the years, but there is something about watching that video and listening to him speak and watching my children react to it. In their world, the things that Dr. King is speaking of are utterly alien. Never have they experienced, or even seen among their friends such injustice as what was commonplace before the civil rights movement conquered segregation. We did talk about how other forms of discrimination, hate and bigotry could be affected by Dr. King’s speech, and it is reassuring to see that my kids ‘get it’.
It was a pleasure to work on this lapbook – and to listen to the things my children learned during our lessons.
As for resources, we picked them up from all over. I found the cover picture here; the poem is read aloud on the website, so make sure your speakers are on. I found several things from Squidoo’s MLK Jr. lapbook page, and we referenced Martin_Luther_King,_Jr. on Wikipedia quite a bit as well. I ended up making several of my own mini-books that I uploaded: Martin Luther King Jr mini-books from ThisAdventureLife. Feel free to print and share – if you make one, I’d love a comment linking to your blog or photo album so I can see!