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Week 2 - 08.06.20

Martin Luther King Jr.

You may have seen on the news this week that people are marching to spread the word that black lives matter. Our text this week is all about Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr was the leader of the African-American civil rights movement. He spoke out against laws which kept black and white people separate and led marches demanding fair laws for all people.


If you've enjoyed learning about Martin Luther King Jr. Check out your Purple Mash 2Dos for some fun activities where you can learn more about him! 


Day 1 - Preview

Most of the time, when we read something we just dive straight into the text! However, it's important to understand what the text is about before we start. This is called previewing a text. Below are things you should do before diving straight into a text and what I would like you to do for this text. 

  • Look at the cover, back page, contents, blurb, title and any subheadings etc. 
  • Consider: pictures / diagrams / structure / length / opening sentence / layout, etc. 
  • What is the author's goal?
  • What kind of text is it?

Day 2 - Vocabulary

Your task today is to read the text and then create a glossary that explains any words that you are unsure of. A glossary is an alphabetical list of words relating to a specific subject, text, or dialect, with explanations; a brief dictionary.


Day 3 - Comprehension

Re-read the text and answer the following questions:


1. Where was Martin Luther King Jr. born?

2. Find and copy one word which means the same as separation based on race. 

3. Give three examples of how African-Americans were treated differently from white people. 

4. Why do you think that Martin Luther King Jr. believed it best to carry out non-violent demonstrations?

5. Where did the march in Washington DC travel to?

6. Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral was well-attended. Why do you think this was the case?

7. Explain Martin Luther King Jr.'s quote in your own words?

"I have a dram that one day... little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers."


Day 4 - Questions

When reading new texts it's important to question what you read. Use the question matrix below to help you create your own questions based on this text. 


Is / are / was

Did / do / does

Could / should / would








































Day 5 - Summarise and Retrieve

Today, I would like you to use what you have learnt from this text to create an informative poster about Martin Luther King Jr. It is important that we keep his dream alive so spread the word with what you have learnt. Only pick out key information to put on your poster.