Timelines for the life and work of Martin Luther King

MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr - (1929-1968). American cleric and reformer. Photographed in March 1965.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday will be the holiday celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Help students learn about his work towards racial equality as they create one or two time lines.

  • One time line is about the events and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • The second timeline is about the progress made in America, so far, towards racial balance and equal opportunity.

Students need to create correctly spaced timelines, enter the events that they find most powerful, and reflect on the speed, lags, or spacing of this progress.

Students can create either timeline or they can create both timelines.  Using both timelines students can make make comparisons and connections between the two timelines.  They can connect King's life and the progress of equal rights.

MLK-timeline-task.pdf       CivilRightsProgress-task.pdf

CCSS: 3.MD, 4.MD, 5.MD, 6.RP, 6.G,  7.RP, 7.G

For members we have editable Word docs.

MLK-timeline-task.doc      CivilRightsProgress-task.doc

For teachers who are not interested in the task of creating an equally spaced and appropriate time line, below are some blank timelines.

blank-timeline-1929-1969.pdf      blank-timeline-1810-2010

August 28, 1963

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