Dec 13, 2017

Commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. & the Civil Rights Movement with FreedomFlix

The anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is January 15, 2018. This is an opportunity to deepen the study of Dr. King’s life and legacy and to help students become more connected with the issues and events that shaped his life. Students might consider the different ways in which Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement have been commemorated in the years since his death.

FreedomFlix has a plethora of resources to help you get started. There is a “Watch It” and “Read It” section that provides different levels of accessibility for students.

FreedomFlix - Watch It, Read It

Students have the ability to adjust the read-aloud feature to the speed that best fits their needs. There is also a built-in glossary to help define words as they are reading.

The Civil Rights Movement

FreedomFlix provides opportunities for students to learn more about the Civil Rights movement through “Explore More” and “Related Websites."

“Explore More” digs into key people, issues, news stories and primary sources from the Civil Rights Era. Consider the day that Martin Luther King Jr. was shot, what was the climate of the culture at that time?

“Related Websites” points you to sites like the BBC ON THIS DAY/4/1968: Martin Luther King Shot Dead, Black History and Culture from Google Arts and Culture where students can explore others who followed in Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps and expand on learning around the Civil Rights Movement.

FreedomFlix - The 20th Century of The Civil Rights Movement

“Project Idea” contains ideas for a class projects to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“Show What You Know” provides a quick formative assessment for students.

FreedomFlix - Show What You Know

Take the time to have your students delve into FreedomFlix for their study of Martin Luther King Jr. Find out what others are doing to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by following #MLKDay.

Remember to share what you are are doing to support MLK Day with #gwaealibs.

For questions about the AEA Online Resources contact Kathleen Goslinga, GWAEA media assistant.