Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial


LILI Unit: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Essential Question: Why did the Civil Rights Movement march on Washington, DC?  Pre-trip lesson:  This lessons situates the students at the March for Jobs and Freedom. First they explore the protest signs to learn the different people are marching. Then students explore the “I Have a Dream” speech through primary source documents and activities that connect Martin Luther King Jr.’s words with actions and events of the Civil Rights Movement.
Level of Difficulty:Low Trip:  Students are equipped with a smartphone and instructed how to use an engaging app to explore the Martin Luther King and Lincoln Memorials. Students complete a mission by answering questions and taking photos using the quotes and architectural features of both memorials.
Academic Standards:

  • English Language Arts (CC.5.R.I.2; CC.5.L.4.a)
  • Social Studies (5.1.4)
Post-trip lesson:   As a culminating activity, students incorporate the photos taken on the trip into a scrapbook that will be used to analyze their experiences exploring the March on Washington. Students also test their knowledge of King and 20th century U.S history as they compete in a collaborative review game and take written assessments.