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ERIC Number: ED480631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan-21
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
How Big Are "Martin's Big Words"? Thinking Big about the Future.
Gardner, Traci
"Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." tells of King's childhood determination to use "big words" through biographical information and quotations. In this lesson, students in grades 3 to 5 explore information on Dr. King to think about his "big" words, then they write about their own "big" words and dreams. During the one 50-minute session, students will: read (or listen to stories) about Dr. King's life and think about their own impact on the future; identify the different meanings of the word "big" as it relates to the idea of "big words"; analyze sample quotations for "big" words; and think reflectively about personal dreams and ideas; and create a list of their own "big words" either originally or as a found poem. The instructional plan, lists of resources, student assessment/reflection activities, and a list of National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association (NCTE/IRA) Standards addressed in the lesson are included. An excerpt from Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech; famous quotations from Dr. King's works; found poems from the "I Have a Dream" speech; a "My Big Words" book template; and a found poem word mover are attached. (RS)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; International Reading Association, Newark, DE.; MarcoPolo Education Foundation.