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Who Is Martin Luther King, Jr? - Shared Reading and Activity

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PowerPoint | 13 pages | Grades: K - 2

Use this 13-slide PowerPoint as a collaborative reading exercise about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Who Is Martin Luther King, Jr? — Presentation Curriculum Goals

Through this MLK reading presentation, your students will learn about the hardships people of color have faced and how those struggles influenced Dr. King’s role in the civil rights movement

Students will read along with the teacher and make logical inferences from their reading. They will cite specific textual evidence to support conclusions drawn from the text. 

How to Apply This Shared Reading Activity 

Use this teaching presentation in guided reading group instruction or as a whole-class activity. Students can follow along on their own devices or using your smartboard or other projection devices.

Read the text aloud, stopping to ask the sample questions we have included in the notes section of each slide. Then, reread the text allowing your students to join in with the reading. 

After completing the reading component, independently or as a group, students will use the information gathered to describe how they would make the world a better place. 

A complete set of instructions on using this shared reading and activity is included in the PowerPoint.

Scaffolding & Extension Suggestions

Students can use this presentation as a reference when working on activities or classwork that has to do with:

And more! 

Take this presentation even further with more activities to solidify your learning.

🧠 Pre-Lesson Activity

Assign this presentation as independent reading at home or before starting the lesson as a class. Ask students to make notes about what they learned, words they don’t know, or topics that need clarification. 

🗣️ Turn & Talk

As they read, ask students to write questions on a separate sheet of paper during shared reading time. Then put students into groups of 3 or 4 to help each other answer their questions.

🧑‍🏫 Be the Teacher

As a post-lesson activity, ask students what they would put on a quiz if they were the teacher. Challenge students to write a 5-question quiz using the information in the presentation. Then have them trade papers with another student to take the quiz.

Preparing This Resource for Your Students

Please note that this teaching resource will download as a PowerPoint presentation you can share with your students from a smartboard or other projection devices.


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