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Grade 5 - 2 - Impact of MLK on the Poor People's Campaign

teaches Common Core State Standards RI.5.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/5/7
teaches Common Core State Standards W.5.10 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/5/10

Grade 5 - 2 - Impact of MLK on the Poor People's Campaign

This lesson asks students to consider why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an important leader of the Poor People's Campaign. Students discuss what they know about Dr. King. After learning about the Poor People's Campaign, students discuss the impact Dr. King had on the development of the protest. After watching a video that shows public reactions to Dr. King's assassination, students discuss what the video reveals about Dr. King's impact on the Poor People's Campaign. Students track their thinking and learning with a Think-Pair-Write organizer. At the end of the lesson, students express their understanding with an exit ticket. This lesson references topics from the DCPS Social Studies Scope and Sequence 5th-grade Unit 4 inquiry arc, “What is the best way to promote change?”

DC Content Power Standards:  

  • 5.14.1: Describe the proliferation of the Civil Rights movement of African Americans from the churches of the rural South to the urban North.
  • 5.14.3: Identify key leaders in the struggle to extend equal rights to all Americans through the decades (e.g., Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Jo Baker, César Chávez, Frederick Douglass, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, Charles Houston, Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Carlos Montes, Baker Motley, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Reies López Tijerina)

C3 Framework Indicators and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies: 

  • D2.His.2: Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today.