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Martin’s Big Words

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King with Martin's Big Words activities, and inspire children to pursue their own dreams.

We celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy with this wonderful biography by Doreen Rappaport. In order for young children to make connections with themselves, others, and the world, it is important to help them understand others’ dreams and achievements. It motivates them to pursue their own dreams. As a result of Martin’s Big Words activities, students gain a better understanding of what Dr. King accomplished and the impact he left behind. 

In addition to English Language Arts, the packet includes Social Studies activities as well. Through the activities included, students will be able to:

  • illustrate a dream.
  • talk and write about Martin Luther King Jr.
  • reflect on quotes and facts from the book.
  • use character traits to describe Martin Luther King Jr.
  • create timelines.
  • complete a biography.
  • analyze Dr. Martin Luther King’s quotes. 
  • draw Dr. King.
  • reflect on and respond to discussion and comprehension questions.

Activities can be used to differentiate instruction for students, to provide them with a choice, or to focus on a particular skill.

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About This Book

Martin's Big WordsMartin’s Big Words is illustrated by Bryan Collier, an award-winning illustrator with a distinctive watercolor collage style. Take a look at this short video to find out more about Collier’s illustrative process.

Dr. King’s inspirational impact can be shared in many ways. Here are some ideas to help your students dig deeper:

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