Who is Dr. MLK Jr.?

Who is Dr. MLK Jr.?

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

History

Leadership

Service Learning & Social Good

Students will work together to create museum galleries depicting the different identities of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

avatar Submitted By: Felisa Ford, Ken Shelton, Natasha Rachell

January 14, 2021

Learning Objectives

  • SOCIAL CONTEXT: Students will develop an understanding on how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s identity was shaped and influenced by different social factors.
  • INTRAPERSONAL CONTEXT: Students will develop an understanding of how Dr. King’s views of himself determined different aspects of his identity.
  • INTERPERSONAL CONTEXT: Students will develop an understanding of how Dr. King’s identity was shaped and influenced based upon his interactions with other people.

Guiding Ideas

Social Context: 

  • What social factors determined who Dr. King was?
  • Which parts of Dr. King’s identity do you think were socially constructed?
  • How do you think the parts of Dr. King’s identity that were socially constructed changed over the periods of his life?

Intrapersonal Context: 

  • What personal characteristics do you associate with Dr. King’s identity?
  • Which visible and non-visible characteristics that Dr. King portrayed changed over time?
  • Which characteristics of Dr. King’s do you think were most important to him?

Interpersonal Context :

  • What are the characteristics of Dr. King’s identity that you think people noticed first?
  • Did any of the visible or non-visible identity characteristics of Dr. King influence the interactions of others?

Teacher Preparation for Lesson: 

In preparation for this lesson, the teacher should become familiar with the terms identity and intersectionality by referencing the following Khan Academy video: https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat/social-inequality/social-class/v/intersectionality

Create an “Open-Ended” type question via Mentimeter and share it with students. The teacher should ask students, “Who was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?”

Consider the responses from students and ensure research is done around the many identifiers that apply to Dr. King i.e. Preacher, Father, Scholar, etc.

Prepare to view the Dr. King video for the whole class activity below.

Decide if you would like to have your students use the Buncee or Adobe Spark Page to conduct their research.

Buncee Link (Please note: Teachers can create a class within Buncee and easily share this as a template to their students) https://app.edu.buncee.com/buncee/525390ae75d3491289137c7f00835455 

Spark Link (Please note: If using Spark Page, this serves as a guide. Students will need to recreate this themselves.) https://spark.adobe.com/page/njDfwIIjzgEBC/

Student Activities

Whole Class Discussion:

Introductory Questions: Students will participate in a class discussion about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the many facets that made up his identity. Within that discussion, please include the following questions:

  • Who is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?
  • What is identity?
  • Why is your identity important?
  • What is intersectionality? How is it defined? Who coined this term? Why does it matter in the context of this lesson?

Whole Class Activity: 

  1. The teacher will open the lesson by creating an “Open-Ended” type question via Mentimeter and sharing it with their students. The teacher should ask students in the Mentimeter, “Who was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?” Encourage students to include as much information that comes to mind as possible. Discuss their responses.
  2. Share the following video about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with your students and discuss similarities and differences between their responses in the Mentimeter and the information discovered in the video. https://youtu.be/3ank52Zi_S0 

Student-Centered Activities:

  1. “All About Dr. King” Research Activity
    • Students will complete the “All About Dr. King” activity in Buncee or Spark Page. (See Teacher Notes for more information.)

Minecraft EE: Who is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

  1. In groups, have students enter the “Create Your Own Museum” world.
  2. Using the information they learned throughout their research in the activity above, students will create 4 different galleries (rooms) depicting different identities of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Based upon their research in the previous activities. Some ideas for possible galleries are listed below, however students may decide to feature additional galleries based upon what they uncover during their research. Students should include at least one quote in their museum from Dr. King that had an impact on them as they conducted their research. Once complete, students can give a gallery tour of their exhibition either live, via video, or images taken from their Minecraft world.
    • Dr. King as a Black man
    • Dr. King’s early life
    • Dr. King as a Civil Rights activist
    • Dr. King as a husband and father
    • Dr. King as a preacher
    • Dr. King’s legacy on the world

Performance Expectations

At the end of this lesson: 

  • Students will understand that Dr. King’s identity was made up of many different roles.
  • Students will gain an understanding of what identity is and what it means to them.

Extension Activities:

Writing Prompt 

  1. Students will select one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s quotes that had the most powerful impact on them throughout their research.
  2. Students will go to the website ifaketextmessage.com and create a text message conversation between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and themselves based upon previous research and whole class discussions as it relates to the students chosen quote. Students may need to create more than one text message image depending on the length of the conversation.
  3. During this fictional text message conversation, students should discuss:
    1. the meaning of the quote
    2. the impact that it had on people/the world
  4. Students will download the fictional text message images and share them with their teacher via a presentation tool such as PowerPoint, Adobe Spark Page, Sway, etc.

Social Media Graphics

  • Students will create social media graphics representing one of Dr. King’s quotes that had the most impact on them throughout their research using resources like Sway, PowerPoint, Adobe Spark or Buncee.

 

  • Students will create social media graphics representing the different identities of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr using resources like Adobe Spark or Buncee.
    • Optional: Graphic can be formatted as a collage

Bento Box

Students will create a “Bento Box” representing the different aspects of Dr. King’s identity using resources like Adobe Spark, Buncee, Power Point, etc.