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September 09, 2019

Martins Big Words

Grade Level:



In this lesson, students will experience unequal treatment first hand – some will receive a sticker based on an arbitrary characteristic, like hair color - and by discussing their reactions, they will come to understand the meaning of equality. Students will learn about the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King and write about what his dream for equality means in their own lives.


Time needed:

~60 minutes


Materials required:

Martin’s Big Words Lesson Plan

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport.


National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices