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Differentiated Lessons on Martin Luther King, Jr. for Grades 3-5

Use these argumentative writing prompts to teach students about the civil rights movement.

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Teach your students about Dr. King’s legacy with these lessons about his impact on the civil rights movement. Each lesson is differentiated and pairs with an academic writing prompt as well.

On Dr. King’s life and legacy:

Martin Luther King, Jr. (FREE LESSON)

  • Writing prompt: What made Martin Luther King, Jr. such an inspiring leader?
  • CCSS.CCRA.R.8

His Truth Is Marching On

This lesson includes teaching resources and supports for developing bilingual students.

  • Writing prompt: How did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. influence people around him to fight for equal rights?
  • CCSS.CCRA.R.2, CCSS.W.5.1

Working Together for Voting Rights

This lesson includes teaching resources and supports for developing bilingual students.

  • Writing prompt: Which events were most important in leading to the passing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965?
  • CCSS.CCRA.R.2, CCSS.W.3.1

On lessons learned from Dr. King:

Lynda Blackmon Lowery

This lesson includes teaching resources and supports for developing bilingual students.

  • Writing prompt: What do Lynda Blackmon Lowery's actions suggest about fighting for what you believe in?
  • CCSS.CCRA.R.2, CCSS.W.4.1

What Is a Protest? (FREE LESSON)

  • Writing prompt: Why do protests offer an effective way to show that people feel strongly about something?
  • CCSS.CCRA.R.7

An Experiment in Discrimination (FREE LESSON)

  • Writing prompt: Why was Mrs. Elliott’s experiment so powerful?
  • CCSS.CCRA.R.8
Mallory Busch

Mallory Busch

Mallory Busch is ThinkCERCA's Editor of Content Strategy. A graduate of Northwestern University, Mallory came to ThinkCERCA from stops in audience strategy at TIME magazine and news applications development at Chicago Tribune and The Texas Tribune. She holds degrees in Journalism and International Studies, and was a student fellow at Knight Lab in college.

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