Teaching the King Holiday day of service with KidCitizen

Hiller, H., photographer. (1964) Dr. & Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr., head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front / World Telegram & Sun photo by Herman Hiller. , 1964. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96516151/.

Hiller, H., photographer. (1964) Dr. & Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr., head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front / World Telegram & Sun photo by Herman Hiller. , 1964. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96516151/.


Join KidCitizen in celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In recognition of this national day of service, it is a great opportunity to have your students explore the KidCitizen episode on Community Helpers.

 As children investigate who community helpers are and how they have changed over time, encourage them to identify the helpers who make a difference in your community today.

Children explore the photograph by revealing it in sections, observing the details they find, and working with in-game character Ella to figure out what jobs the helpers are doing. Children collect elements of the photograph to their journal, and use what they have collected to help them decide what the helper's job is, and then connect that with helpers today.

The episode works well as a full-class interaction, and also with children working in pairs.

About the King Holiday Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 21, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?’" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - MLK Day

The Meaning of The King Holiday By Coretta Scott King

http://www.thekingcenter.org/meaning-king-holiday

Other Digital Resources

Lesson Ideas

http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/martin-words-thinking-about-92.html

From MLK to #BlackLivesMatter: A Throughline for Young Students

Do's and Don'ts of Celebrating MLK Day

Teachinghistory.org Spotlight on MLK Day

Primary Sources from the Library of Congress and the National Archives

http://blogs.loc.gov/law/2011/01/martin-luther-king-jr-day/

http://www.americaslibrary.gov/aa/king/aa_king_selma_1.html

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jan15.html

http://www.americaslibrary.gov/aa/king/aa_king_subj.html

http://www.archives.gov/nyc/exhibit/mlk.html

A Man to Remember: Commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr.

Other Places and Resources

I Have a Dream Speech

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Poster

Martin’s Big Words http://doreenrappaport.com/martins-big-words/

My Brother Martin http://www.soentpiet.com/martin.htm

MLK Memorial with President Obama

The King Center http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu

National Park Service:

http://www.nps.gov/malu/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/malu/forteachers/lessonplansandteacherguides.htm

http://www.nps.gov/mlkm/index.htm

From PBS

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2013/08/8-resources-for-teaching-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington/ (A number of good ideas to get you thinking.)

From NEH

http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/let-freedom-ring-life-legacy-martin-luther-king-jr#sect-activities

From NEA

http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/mlk-day.html

MLK 1961 Visit to Tampa, Florida

http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/kings-speech-remembering-martin-luther-king-jrs-1961-stop-tampa


Herbert Snow