Martin’s Big Words Read-Aloud



Martin Luther King Jr. Interactive Read-aloud and Lessons

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.


The third lesson was designed to get students to think about how they can make the world a better place. The text dependent questions for this lesson focus on how the people were feeling in the story. To learn more about text dependent questions visit this blog post. We tried to ask questions that would get the students to really focus the people’s feelings and reactions to the events in the book. Students will write what they can do to make the world a better place like Martin did.        You will find the graphic organizers, text dependent questions, lesson plans, and craft instructions in our shop.

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