We wanted to teach about Martin Luther King Jr. this month during our read-aloud time so we picked an old favorite: Martin’s Big Words. We wanted this to be a meaningful read-aloud for the students so we wrote some deep text dependent questions and created some meaningful activities to go with the story.
Students are guided to think about the 5 w’s-who, what, where, when, and why after reading the story the first time. They also answer text dependent questions to gain a general understanding of Martin’s life.
For the second lesson, we wanted to focus on Martin’s big words. We wrote text dependent questions that really focus on the vocabulary from the text and what Martin’s big words were. As a class, we will find his big words in the book, discuss their meanings, and use them to create a word collage. This activity will deepen the student’s understanding of Martin’s life.