The Man, The Dream

K, 1, 2

A picture book biography tells the story of the life and philanthropy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

PrintOne Forty-Five Minute Session

The learner will:

  • recall the generous and philanthropic acts of Dr. King.
  • read-aloud copy of A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David Adler

Alder, David A. A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Holiday House, 1990. ISBN: 0823408477


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Check the prior knowledge of the children. "What do you know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?" Listen to their facts and tell them to listen to a story that tells about his life and actions. Ask them to listen for examples of Dr. King sharing his time or talent for the common good (philanthropy). Challenge them to think about what his talents were.

  2. Read aloud A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David Adler. Define or explain any words with which the students might not be familiar. Use the following definition as appropriate for the student group.

  3. After reading, ask the children to recall actions from the book that characterize Dr. King as a philanthropist (giving and taking action for the good of all). This includes his work with civil rights, organizing people, and motivating through speaking.

  4. Discuss the ways citizens worked together under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr. to respond to a need (for justice and fair laws). Were they successful? 

    Challenge the children to think of needs in their own school or community that they can work together to solve or that they have seen others work together to solve.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.1 Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.
    2. Standard DP 04. Operational Characteristics of Nonprofit Organizations
      1. Benchmark E.1 Describe how citizens organize in response to a need.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark E.5 Identify the relationship between individual rights and community responsibility.