Martin Luther King
Civil Rights Leader
FOR GRADES K-8
Young M.L. is confused. His basketball buddy has said they can no longer play together. Martin is black, and his friend is white; this is the reason why. He listens as his mother gently explains the rules of segregation, telling him to hold his head high and never feel he is less than anybody else. Martin wants to believe this, but the rules hurt. Physical fighting hurts too, though, and leaves any conflict still unresolved.
As Martin matures, he challenges segregation through peaceful conflict resolution, leading a revolutionary change in America which paves the way for equal rights for everyone. His inspiring story will help children better understand and practice the use of empathy, respectfulness and effective communication in resolving their own conflicts peacefully.
RELATED CURRICULUM SUGGESTIONS
*ELA Common Core
*Illinois Social Science Standards
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