Reflect on the concepts explored near Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with these 15 sentence starter cards.
Strengthen Your Students’ Composition Skills With Our MLK Writing Prompts
“The blank page” is a scary place for writers of all skill levels.
With these writing prompts, students will get a head start using their own words to reflect on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work on social justice.
Some examples of writing prompts include:
I can help others by…
Doing the right thing means…
If I were a leader, I would…
By completing this activity, students demonstrate an ability to write details that describe their actions, thoughts, and feelings.
Scaffolding + Extension Tips
In addition to independent student work time, use this MLK Day writing exercise as a:
- Writing center activity
- Civil rights movement lesson review
- Creative Writing assignment
- Fast Finisher activity
- Homework assignment
- Whole-class lesson review (via smartboard)
Students who need extra support can work on this activity in a 1:1 teacher intervention setting or your guided writing group.
To Prepare This Resource
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You can also turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity! Print a few copies on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse.
Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.
And while you’re here, check out these MLK activities and lesson-planning tools!
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Define and discuss vocabulary words associated with diversity and equality using this flip-book writing activity.
Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with this ‘I Have a Dream’ craft.
A 17-slide PowerPoint to introduce students to the Civil Rights Movement.