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Martin Luther King Day

Topic: Martin Luther King Day

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Argue and defend an issue they would like to see changed.
  2. Define, in their own words, what equality means to them.
  3. Compare and contrast equality issues in the 20th and 21st century.




  • Elicit prior knowledge from the children: “Have you heard of Martin Luther King?” “What can you tell the class about MLK?”
  • Start hot-seating game of 20 questions: Teacher in role as ML



  • Show the children a PowerPoint on MLK on the interactive whiteboard – and discuss
  • Watch the “I have a dream” clip on YouTube and discuss how back then MLK fought for racial equality (a problem at the time) and discuss what issues people fight to change nowadays
  • Think-pair-share: The children share some of their dreams regarding equality and justice
  • Children begin to draft their own “I have a dream” speech
  • When ready, children will be given the opportunity to record their speeches



  • Class listen to each recorded speech and identify the issue being addressed


Other Resources for teaching this topic

  • Interactive whiteboard
  • Voice recorder app

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