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First Graders Have a Dream, Too

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Leader, courageous, loving, father, preacher and hero were a few of the words first graders used to describe Martin Luther King Jr. They came up with this list after hearing stories about him and listening to his “I have a dream” speech. 

The literature used to introduce Martin to the children included books by his daughter and niece, and by several historians.  These books talked about his non-violent approach to making change.  Students discussed ways they could make change in their world using Martin Luther King’s approach.

Following this discussion a “My Dream” project was introduced. Students wrote about how they planned to make the world a better place.  They illustrated their ideas and made a special folder to display their idea. On the outside of the folder first graders traced their hands using a couple different colors of construction paper to represent the diversity of the world in which they live.