Monday, January 21, 2013

Spotlight on Equality

"I have a dream...One day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed...that all men are created equal" (Martin Luther King, Jr,I Have a Dream speech, public domain).

Ask students what "equality" means, and their definitions are as different as their personalities. To better understand how students arrive at meanings of words, pass out large sheets of butcher paper to pairs or small groups of students. Ask students to map "equality". Have groups choose either connotation (associated) or denotation (dictionary) meanings:
(Photo credits: 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, NYWT&S Collection, reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-122982)
For further studies of equality and Martin Luther King, Jr., try some fun educational videos, such as:

Help students remember the lessons of equality and Dr. King through song:

Other lesson plans include journal/writing prompts, such as those found in Martin Luther King, Jr.: 20 Critical Thinking Journal/Writing Prompts
By using engaging activities, such as debates, podcasts, readings, poetry, projects, songs, videos, and writings, students discuss, interact, and learn about equality and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Share your lessons on civil rights, equality, and MLK with other by posting in the Comments section.

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