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MLK Day Word Wall Vocabulary Cards

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PDF | 1 page | Grades: 1 - 6

Use this set of 40 vocabulary words related to MLK Day and civil rights to broaden your students’ language.

Deepen Your MLK Lesson With 40 Vocabulary Words

What words come to mind when you think of Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Freedom, equality, and peace—these are just a few that remind us of Dr. King’s activism and his commitment to social justice for all. 

Our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Word Wall includes vocabulary that will be immediately recognizable, and words meant to stretch your students’ language skills

In this way, you’ll nurture a classroom full of thoughtful, articulate speakers and writers. 

Your download includes the following MLK Day vocabulary words:

  • activism
  • African American
  • assassinated 
  • bias
  • Black
  • boycott 
  • change 
  • civil rights movement 
  • Civil Rights Act 
  • courage
  • discrimination
  • diversity 
  • demonstration
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  
  • equality 
  • fairness 
  • freedom
  • government 
  • honor
  • human rights 
  • ‘I Have a Dream’ speech
  • inequality 
  • intolerance 
  • Jim Crow Laws
  • justice 
  • leader 
  • march 
  • movement 
  • national holiday 
  • Nobel Peace Prize 
  • nonviolent resistance 
  • peaceful 
  • political change 
  • protest 
  • race
  • racism 
  • segregation 
  • social justice
  • struggle 
  • unity

Test your students’ knowledge of their new MLK vocabulary words (or any words) with this set of 13 writing task cards

What Else Can You Do With This MLK Word Wall? 

Word walls are a fantastic way to expose students to the broader world of language with comprehension activities like:

📣  Daily Oral Language and spelling word of the week exercises

📣  Identifying phonemes—blends, digraphs, vowel teams, silent final-e

📣  Counting syllables 

📣  Recognizing parts of speech (noun types, verbs, adjectives, compound words)

📣  Creative writing 

📣  Alphabetical ordering

📣  Games (Charades, 20 Questions, Swat, etc.)  

You can use your word wall before, during, and after reading with your whole class, small groups, or individualized instruction. 

Here’s how to create a fun Word Search too! 

Print & Display Your MLK Day Words

  1. Click on the Customize button and use the Teach Starter Studio to make edits to this resource.
  2. (Optional) Click “Add a new word list” to upload your own list.
  3. Download and print your custom, themed word list.
  4. Display these themed vocabulary word wall cards in your reading center.

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