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Grade 3 - 6 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Washington, D.C. Home Rule History

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.3.1.d http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/3/1/d
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.3.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/3/1
teaches Common Core State Standards W.3.2.d http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/3/2/d
teaches Common Core State Standards W.3.2.b http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/3/2/b
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.3.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/3/7
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.3.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/3/4
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.3.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/3/3

Grade 3 - 6 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Washington, D.C. Home Rule History

This lesson asks students to consider how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used his political voice to target the lack of freedom and democracy in the District of Columbia.

Students . . .

  • learn about Dr. King's involvement in the Home Rule movement.
  • explain how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired change in Washington, D.C.’s Home Rule struggle.

DC Content Power Standards:  

  • D2.His.3.3-5. Generate questions about individuals and groups who have shaped significant historical changes and continuities.
  • D2.His.2: Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today.

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

  • 3.4.2: Construct a chronological explanation of key people and events that were important in shaping the character of Washington, D.C. during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
  • 3.4.5 Identify and research outstanding statements of moral and civic principles made in Washington, D.C., as well as the leaders who delivered them, that contributed to the struggle to extend equal rights to all Americans (e.g., Lincoln and his second inaugural address, Frederick Douglass and his speech against lynching at the Metropolitan AME Church, Martin Luther King Jr. and his speeches at the Lincoln Memorial in 1957 and 1963, and Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales at the Poor People’s March).