Lesson Plan

The Guiding Beliefs of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This lesson will teach your students about the six guiding principles of Martin Luther King, Jr. They'll read a picture book to learn about these beliefs. Then they'll write about how these principles were present in MLK Jr.'s life, and how they're present in their own lives.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to make connections between Martin Luther King, Jr.'s guiding beliefs and his actions.


(2 minutes)
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  • Introduce students to the topic by showing the cover of Love Will See You Through by Angela Farris Watkins, PhD. Read the title aloud to the class, and encourage them to look at the image.
  • Prompt students to turn and talk to a partner about what they think the title means, especially in the context of a lesson about Martin Luther King, Jr. Have them share out with the class.
  • Tell the class that they will learn about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s beliefs that helped him through the good and bad times of his life.