Since we were gone for two weeks and it is a new year, I wanted to put up a new bulletin board. I thought I would put up a Martin Luther King Jr. board. That way I can keep it up for the rest of January and it will tie into Black History Month. I was so amazed by some of my students and their work! How do these little minds come up with such big ideas?
We started off by reading a biography on MLK. I actually wrote one to go along with the activity so the students would have enough information. We read it together then we started working on a newspaper template. We filled out the timeline together. I explained the importance of increments in timelines. Then we highlighted all the dates and added them to the timeline. I also showed them how to find dates that aren’t listed. For example where it says two years later. Then I explained that they will need to pretend they were reporters from back in the 1960’s. They need to choose 1 positive and 1 negative event from the bio. I demonstrate how to create a newspaper title, heading, picture caption, etc. and then I let them write! Here are some of their examples: