In this pictorial biography, Rappaport provides an age-appropriate portrayal of this influential leader, adding key quotes from King's writing and speeches. These quotes are in bold, colorful print to capture students' attention and help them understand King's character. Before the lesson, I typed several quotes from the text, making each a different color, for students to use in their collages.
I read Martin's Big Words aloud to my students, stopping to discuss quotes, describe feelings and make connections. The students were so engaged with the text! Afterwards, I gave each student a piece of 11x18 white construction paper to draw MLK. First, they lightly sketched with pencil, then they outlined with Sharpie and finally colored with different shades of crayon.
After recess, I read the book again, this time giving each student a Post-It to record key character traits during read-aloud. Students then selected two to three quotes that supported the character traits they recorded on their Post-Its.
Students glued their quotes and traits on their MLK drawings, creating these adorable character analysis collages. This is a great alternative to standard worksheets as well as a way to incorporate art and hands-on activities.
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Jessica Murphy and Jennifer Zoglman are founders of Astute Hoot: Tools for the Wise Teacher. With a combined total of almost 30 years experience in early childhood and special education classroom teaching, early literacy research, and teacher coaching, they joined forces with Jennifer’s sister, Tina, an award-winning graphic designer, to create a dynamic cast of reading and math strategy animals. The strategy animals made their way into a group of targeted teaching and learning tools that have contributed to the creation of proficient readers and mathematicians in classrooms across the country! Check out their blog: www.astutehoot.com to see how they awaken the joy of learning in all students!