Monday, January 14, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we started our unit on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by reading one of my favorite books about him and his childhood...A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler.  Each year I have a discussion with my second grade babes to try to explain what an amazing hero Dr. King was for us all. It never fails... I always get those same puzzled expressions from my kids wondering why anyone would treat another person differently based on skin color.  It always touches my heart as we discuss the differences in their lives today compared to so many children just a few years ago. 

I always introduce my standard MLK vocabulary words on the first day of this unit:  laws, protest, rally, civil rights, boycott, etc...  but the words that I stress the most on this day are love, compassion, and peace.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the model for those three words and I always lift his name up with examples of these.

As we read books together this week and watch VIDEOS showing the life of Dr. King from a boy to adulthood, the class will keep a timeline of his life in addition to comparing their lives with his. Here are some books that I will share with my class this week...

Tomorrow I will use a compare/contrast sheet for my students to compare their lives to the life of young Martin.
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Have an amazing week, friends!-Yvonne


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  2. Very interesting book friend, I read these days, and thanks for sharing your experence.