January Events and Teaching Resources

January Events and Lesson Plans

New Year's Day: Each year more than half of all people living in the U.S. (more than 150,000,000 people) make New Year Resolutions.
Encourage students to include service and volunteerism on their list of New Year Resolutions.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Third Monday in January): This national holiday has become a day of community service. Teach lessons about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the work of peace advocates, such as King and Mandela and Gandhi. Also, teach the vocabulary of kindness, justice, collaboration, and service.

National Mentoring Month: Students mentor others to help others move forward. This may be an academic or social skill for a younger student or peer. Or young people may mentor seniors on technology skills and build intergenerational relationships. Link to lesson plans.


Lesson and Project Printout 2017

Civil Rights, Justice, and Advocacy

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Civil Rights, Justice, and Advocacy

This toolkit links to lesson plans, project ideas, and background information related to 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.