Lesson Plan

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Use this lesson to teach your students about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy he left behind. With a picture book that shares facts and beautiful illustrations to teach about his life, students will show understanding by organizing information on a graphic organizer.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to explain Martin Luther King's Jr.'s legacy using information gained from an informational text.


(8 minutes)
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy Graphic Organizer
  • Give each student a sticky note and tell them that they will write one sentence to show what they know about the importance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Have them place the post-it notes on a piece of chart paper labeled "At first, I knew..."
  • Read through some of the sticky notes and highlight some of them for the class, pointing out that they tell about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy.
  • Ask students if they can define the word legacy. Write it on the board, and ask students to talk to partners about their ideas.
  • Provide a student-friendly definition of the word and write it on the board (e.g., something that happened in the past or that comes from someone in the past).
  • Tell students that today, they will learn about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy by reading a picture book and picking out the key ideas and details.