Martin Luther King Jr. Printables

Martin Luther King is a man full of history. He entered the Morehouse College at age 15! Can you imagine that? He was a very smart boy who had great dreams. These dreams drove him to become an important leader who made history in such a huge way. As Martin Luther King Day approaches, I try to think of a way that students will be able to learn about Dr. King's life.  Sure, we read the biographies that are as age appropriate as possible, but it is still too much information for the younger students.

I created these posters that represent Martin Luther King's life events. It is an illustrated timeline that may be used to supplement your lesson. I think that it will be very beneficial to use the posters as visuals while you read one of your read alouds. Students can even help you create this timeline as you read by lining up the posters on the chalkboard. The information on each poster is worded for the teacher, but the illustrations will help students remember such information.

A wonderful idea would be to give one poster to each student ( there are 28 posters in the pack). Then, the teacher will line up the students in chronological order according to the posters selected by each. When everyone is in place, the students will use the poster illustrations to "Tell" about that moment in time in the life of MLK. I have included a second packet in this zip file. That one includes printables for graphic organizers and writing activities. If you want to learn more about this bundle, click on the picture to take you there :)


  1. This looks great! Wish I was this creative! LOL

  2. WOW! great unit. I am a 4th grade teacher and I can so used this in fourth grade. I love the flexibility there is with this mini unit. I am so happy I founf your blog, you have some amazing stuff.
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  4. This looks wonderful. I think it could also be used in a classroom "march" around the room with stopping points for speaking, maybe. Your work is excellent.


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