Teach One Lesson about Philanthropy

Powerful Words Unite Us in Service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On January 16, 2017, a day of recognition of the equal rights work of Martin Luther King, Jr., let’s take his words to heart that challenge us to treat all people equally and find unity with communication and nonviolence. 

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Lesson and Project Printout

  1. Teach this lesson plan with variations in any K-12 classroom the week before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  2. On Monday, January 16, your students perform this simple powerful service whether they are in school or off for a day of volunteering.
  3. Reflect on the service when students are back in school on January 17.

Webinar Opportunity: Watch our recorded webinar to learn more about inspiring your students for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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Civic Participation Lessons


Civic Participation Lessons

Teach skills of participation from voting to advocating for a cause. These lessons teach the strategies, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship. Filter these search results by adding keywords, grade level, and subject area. View this toolkit of lesson plans, project ideas, and background information related to the civic engagement and voting. Photo Credit:  November 4: D'arby voted! By Gwen is licensed under CC by 2.0

Civil Rights, Justice, and Advocacy

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Civil Rights, Justice, and Advocacy

Raise students' awareness of the concepts of caring, respect, and fairness, and encourage students to demonstrate these character qualities to honor the legacy of Dr. King. Teach lessons and resources to guide student action related to Civil Disobedience in history. These lessons focus on justice, fairness, and kindness.

View this toolkit of lesson plans, project ideas, and background information related to civil rights, justice and advocacy.  

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