In August of 1963, leaders and activists of the Civil Rights Movement convened in Washington D.C. for the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech that helped change the course of American history.
Last spring, student activists from across the country organized another historical march on the nation’s capital—this time against gun violence. One of the youngest speakers to grace the stage at the March for Our Lives was Yolanda Renee King, the granddaughter of Dr. King who rallied the crowd with an inspiring speech of her own.
In time to celebrate the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, the latest issues of Scholastic News editions 1–5/6 feature articles that highlight how Yolanda Renee King is following in her grandfather’s footsteps and keeping his dream alive today. You can access the articles and resources available in each edition of the magazine for kids in grades 1–5/6, here:
Students in grade 1 can watch a video about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. changed America, learn key vocabulary words, create their own digital memorial posters, and participate in an activity about kindness.
Students in grade 2 can watch a video about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, learn key vocabulary words, design digital posters, and write about traits of heroes to help develop their reading comprehension skills.
Resources for students in grade 3 include a timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and writing exercises about his “I Have a Dream” speech.
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Students in grade 4 can reflect on powerful quotes and details from Yolanda Renee King’s interview and create their own action plans for the MLK Day of Service.
Students in grades 5 and 6 can respond to close-reading questions about the article and create their own action plans for the MLK Day of Service.