TeachOne: King's Words of Challenge

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
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12
Subjects: 
Arts Education
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Social-Emotional Learning
Media / Technology
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

What does it mean to be the best of whoever you are? What is your life's blueprint? 

Unit Overview 

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. stands as an essential figure in American History. As a leader of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. King worked tirelessly to bring equality, inclusiveness, and dignity to all Americans. Many of his speeches are famous, but in this lesson, we analyze the language and impact of an address that is lesser known. King spoke to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967. Here, Dr. King not only spoke to this class, but to all youth in perpetuity about purpose and passion. Although he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, his message still resonates with us and infuses us all with an inspiration to continue on with his noble vision of what America could be. 

Service Experience 
Secondary youth design and take a poll of students in their school and in neighboring schools to find out what issues others care about and what talents and interests they have. They share the results with the participants and recommend community action and community resources. Younger students share their personal talents and interests with people of another generation (retirement age or preschool age) to bring joy and connection to others in the community. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
TeachOne: King's Words of Challenge
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

In response to a read-aloud story about improving a community with individual gifts of time and talent, students explore talents and interests of their own and others. They practice listening and responding with respect. They raise awareness through volunteering of the benefit to communities of a variety of contributions. Everyone has something to give, and this lesson helps us respect and celebrate the contributions we all can make. Students internalize "I matter in my communities." 

Unit: 
TeachOne: King's Words of Challenge
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

In response to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s challenge to be the best with the talents you have, students explore talents and interests of their own and others. They practice listening and responding with respect. They raise awareness through volunteering of the benefit to communities of a variety of contributions. Everyone has something to give, and this lesson helps us respect and celebrate the contributions we all can make. Students internalize "I matter in my communities." 

Unit: 
TeachOne: King's Words of Challenge
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

In response to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s challenge to a middle school to spark discussions and action of personal action, in this lesson we explore what it means to be the best with the talents you have. Students practice listening and responding with respect. They raise awareness through volunteering of the benefit to communities of a variety of contributions. Everyone has something to give, and this lesson helps us respect and celebrate the contributions we all can make to peaceful and inclusive communities. Students internalize "I matter in my communities."