In our reading unit, we have been talking about character traits. I thought Martin Luther King Jr. Day was a great time to integrate reading, writing, and social studies. Students already had a great understanding of character traits before this lesson. So, I started with an introduction, who was MLK? Students obviously had learned about him in previous grades as they clearly stated many facts about him. After our discussion we watched a video on MLK. It provided more details about MLK's life. Next, we made a list of character traits King portrayed. They had made a list with many ideas from trustworthy to caring to helpful. The writing portion of this lesson was to prove that MLK really portrayed these character traits. They had to use a written text, facts from the movie, and their prior knowledge to write an expository paragraph explaining why MLK was a certain character trait. Below are two videos of some groups working together on this project. The final project is still being worked on and I hope to hang them in the hallway for the month of February, African American History Month.
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