As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year (and his birthday today, January 15), we are reminded of his strength, resilience, love, and dedication to equality and human rights for all people. The essence of what Dr. King stood for lives on in our Core Values and the work we are doing as a school community. Please find below a few of the ways our students and teachers are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the classroom by learning more about his work.
In Lower Division, some of our students will read the book, Martin’s Big Words, as a read aloud with their teacher. They’ll follow with a writing activity in which they’ll choose a “big word” they think is important and illustrate it. Other students will do a thinking routine with a photograph from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech during morning meeting. They’ll follow up with the reading of a picture book about Dr. King, facilitated discussion, and writing prompt on Seesaw. In music, students are focusing on the song, Sing about Martin. And Chapel themes for both January 12th and 19th will focus on Bible verses emphasizing love, and the integral part that love played in Dr. King’s work in the Civil Rights Movement.
In Upper Division, some of our students will watch the short video, The King and His Dream, that highlights Dr. King’s work and his contributions to society. After reading an eBook together, they’ll have a discussion followed by an individual written response. In Music, students are listening to and engaging with various versions and different arrangements of Lift Every Voice and Sing. They are examining a book about this song, as well as a presentation about the power of music in the Civil Rights Movement by former President Barack Obama. Students in Upper Division art will focus on the creation of messages that advocate for positive change. Through discussion of Dr. King’s life and work, students will delve into the concept of the Beloved Community, and the role of artists in creating that community. In the same way as Lower Division, Chapel themes on January 14th and 21st will focus on Bible verses emphasizing love, and the integral part that love played in Dr. King’s work in the Civil Rights Movement.
As noted by Mr. Lester in his video, we leave you with these powerful words from Dr. King, “The time is always right to do what is right.” Have a wonderful weekend, and we look forward to continuing to learn more about Dr. King, and his incredibly important contributions to our country.