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The Best Websites For Learning About Martin Luther King

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Martin Luther King’s birthday will soon be celebrated across the United States, and I thought a “The Best…” list on him would be timely and useful.

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I’ve only included sites that I thought would be accessible to English Language Learners.

Unfortunately, most of these sites just provide a very “safe” picture of the man as a nonviolent Civil Rights leader — without much about his work challenging economic injustice and the Vietnam War.

I would strongly encourage any teacher to include, in any lessons related to King, either an excerpt from or a lesson related to Julian Bond’s essay on the making of King into a non-threatening hero.

You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About The Martin Luther King Memorial.

Here are my choices for The Best Websites About Martin Luther King (not in order of preference):

* A short biography of King with audio support for the text. was created by Florida elementary school students.

* The audio, and text, of his I Have A Dream Speech, hosted by American Rhetoric.  Here’s another site that has a similar presentation.

* A very nice listening activity where you listen to the I Have A Dream speech while you’re reading text. Then you have to click on the words that are incorrect.

* Another excellent listening exercise, time using a short biography of King.

* A short King biography, time from the Library of Congress.

* Yet another short King biography along with comprehension questions.

* A short online children’s book about King.

* The Seattle Times has an exceptional special report on King.

* There’s a good CNN Special Report on King.

* A short video of King from the Biography Channel.

* Scholastic has information and a slideshow at The Legacy Of A Leader.

* Time Magazine has a slideshow on King’s life.

* The Atlanta Journal Constitution has a timeline.

* National Geographic has an online video about King.

* EL Civics has a online lesson on King.

* The Associated Press has a number of multimedia resources on King.

* The Atlanta Constitution has an interactive reviewing King’s life.

* Enchanted Learning has some very simple resources on King.

* The Orange County Register has an interactive graphic about King.

* Here’s an online lesson for English Language Learners about King from Famous People Lessons. Its sister site has a lesson on Martin Luther King Day.

* The King Center has many resources, though few are ELL accessible.

* I’m also adding The Do’s And Don’ts of Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr’s Legacy from Teaching Tolerance. It provides some excellent guidelines for teachers.

* CBS has an interactive of famous quotes from King and other information.

* The New York Times has another slideshow.

* Honoring Dr. King is a slideshow from CBS showing celebrations of his birthday throughout the country in 2009

* CBS has another interactive feature on King’s life.

* Here’s a slideshow on King’s life that provides audio support for the text. It was created by Jen Farr.

TIME Magazine has just posted several new multimedia features on King:

* Martin Luther King, Jr. At Home

* Martin Luther King In His Own Words

* The Assassination of MLK Jr.

* Coretta Scott King

The New York Times Learning Network has a collection of lesson plans that could be modified for ELL’s,as does Thinkfinity.

Do’s and Don’ts of Celebrating MLK Day is another good guide from Teaching Tolerance.

While a college student in 1947, Martin Luther King also wrote a column in the campus newspaper and titled it “The Purpose of Education.”  You can read the complete piece at Stanford’s collection of his papers), and it might be a useful article for the classroom.

Completing The Martin Luther King Memorial is a Washington Post slideshow. The Post also has an accompanying graphic.

The History Channel has several video on Dr. King.

How Stuff Works has some videos, too.

ESOL Courses has an impressive collection of Online Exercises and Printable Worksheets related to King.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. is a series of photos from The Los Angeles Times.

MLK Honored with Memorial on the Mall is a video report from CBS News.

King holiday observed across the U.S. is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.

tes, a British-based site for teachers, has some good lesson resources on King.

CNN has a ton of great videos. Click “CNN Videos.”

CBS News has a good video called “What Influenced Martin Luther King Jr.?”:

Here is a Martin Luther King, Jr. Internet scavenger hunt. Thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip.

Interview With Martin Luther King, Jr. On The Mike Douglas Show Is Very Interesting

A new online project has “digitize” 200,000 items related to King and has now gone “live.” You can visit the site here, and read about it here.

L.A. Times’ images of Martin Luther King Jr. is a photo gallery from…The LA Times.

Day of service honors Martin Luther King Jr. is from CNN.

Six Leadership Communication Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Jr.: His life, his monument and why we celebrate him is an infographic from the Orange County Register.

What Has Each Of Us Done Lately To Bend The “Arc Of The Moral Universe”?

English Central has a nice collection of King videos.

MLK Support For Economic Justice Overshadowed By ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech

MLK Was a Revolutionary, Not Just a Dreamer is from The Root.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.- Assassination and Legacy is from a radio program originating from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It’s an hour-long piece on him, but what really stands out is a short recorded conversation broadcasters had with him in his hotel room right before his assassination. King provides what I believe is the best explanation of civil disobedience I have ever heard, and I speak from a fair amount of experience with it when I spent seven years with the Catholic Worker Movement long ago. You have to register — for free — in order to listen to the program, but it’s well worth it if you are ever going to teach about civil disobedience.

The greatest MLK speeches you never heard is from CNN.

Thanks to Jere Hochman for next one:

Quote Of The Day: “How We Get Dr. King Wrong”

Freedom’s Ring is an amazing multimedia presentation of King’s “I Have A Dream” speech (thanks to Eric Roth for the tip).

Video: I Hope The New Martin Luther King, Jr. Movie Is As Good As It Looks

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

17 Comments

  1. Wow Larry. That’s over the top!

    I always use the “I have a dream ” speech on karaoke and let the students try to do it themselves with a mic and keep up to MLK Jr. Not easy — he goes fast, then slow, then fast….

    But here is my fav. I dare anyone to click on it and not be moved, really moved… http://www.thekingcenter.org/media/DrumMajor.swf

    David
    http://eflclassroom.ning.com

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  5. Hi Larry,

    Thanks for the mention! Honored once again!

    Jen

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  8. That’s one heckuva list of useful resources. Thank you Larry!

  9. Here’s another speech that’s less well known but perhaps more important to our times:

    “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”

    http://youtu.be/b80Bsw0UG-U

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  13. This year, for the first time, I’m having university writing students read “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, and write a reaction paper. I’m curious about their responses. Will the details seem too distant? Will the metaphors appear too Christian? Will the essay seem too idealistic and too demanding of sacrifice?

    Although the letter seems like an eloquent piece of global literary masterpiece to me, I do worry it will appear far too American for my international ESL students.

  14. By the way, here’s an insightful analysis of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech for advanced English, speech, or communication students.
    http://sixminutes.dlugan.com/speech-analysis-dream-martin-luther-king/

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