Teachers looking for new things to do for Martin Luther King Day (January 17) next week might find some ideas in these resources from Annenberg Learner.
"Egalitarian America," unit 20 of America's History in the Making, looks
at the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. from the 1940s to the
1970s. Be sure to fully explore the unit's rich video, audio, and text
Look back at the social movements of the 1960s and the work of Dr. King with A Biography of America program 24, "The Sixties." http://www.learner.org/biographyofamerica/prog24/ This program covers King's leadership in both the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War protest.
In Social Studies in Action: A Teaching Practices Library, K-12, http://www.learner.org/libraries/socialstudies/
elementary teacher Cynthia Vaughn shows how the concepts of equality
and fairness can be incorporated into a general social studies lesson in
the session "Leaders, Community, and Citizens." The session "Unity and
Diversity" introduces ways of teaching students to overcome their
differences and develop a sense of community.
Observe teachers introducing their 4th-, 5th-, and 6th-grade students to
literature about Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement in
Engaging with Literature: A Video Library, Grades 3-5 in two programs http://www.learner.org/libraries/engagingliterature/ "Building Community," and "Finding Common Ground."