Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Martin Luther King Jr Day
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Day is a wonderful time to talk to your children about racial issues - those in the past and those we still collectively face. It's also a great springboard for discussion peaceful methods of protest, and the power of dreams.
~ In remembrance of Martin [videorecording DVD]
~ Paths to peace : people who changed the world by Jane Breskin Zalben
~ Ten amazing people : and how they changed the world by Maura D Shaw
~ Martin's big words : the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
~ Coretta Scott: Poetry by Ntozake Shange
~ As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson
~ Our children can soar: a celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the pioneers of change by Michelle Cook
~ A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson
holiday zone pages - excellent resource for activities and discussion starters for children
I have a Dream speech - transcript
link to video of I Have a Dream speech
Seattle Times Education Pages - excellent resource for older children, includes timeline, background, articles and study guide
long list of links for teacher's lesson plans
more lesson plans
New York Times resource page