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MLK Day Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 4 pages | Grades: 3 - 6

Challenge students to think about the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. with this set of 13 writing task cards.

Learning About Martin Luther King, Jr.?

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In this writing activity, students will explore the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work in civil rights by answering opinion prompts, composing acceptance speeches, penning magazine articles, and more. 

In their writings, your students will expand on real or imagined events by writing in detail about Dr. King’s contributions, and the efforts of others involved in the fight for social justice. 

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

In addition to independent student work time, use this MLK Day writing exercise as a:

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

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between black and white or full-color PDF options.   

Print on cardstock for durability. Hole punch the corner of each card to place them on a binder clip and keep all cards together and easily accessible. 

Additionally, project the task cards and work through each as a daily writing activity where students will record their answers in their notebooks.

We’ve included 3 blank task cards you can use to write your own prompts: 

  1. Click Edit in the Adobe menu at the top left
  2. Select Edit Text & Images from the dropdown menu
  3. Select the Add Text button on the PDF screen
  4. Place the text box where you want to type.   

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