We are honored to be able to offer you this free lesson plan to study Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. The plan includes the full text of David Dinkins’s “Martin Luther King, Jr.” a moving eulogy written just after King was slain in 1968.

This lesson plan, appropriate for use in grades 6-12, gives you and your students the chance to:

  • Read closely
  • Share questions raised by the text
  • Take directed notes to focus closely on a textual theme
  • Have a civil, open-ended exchange of ideas
  • Share further thoughts by using our specific writing prompts

Using the Great Books Foundation’s inquiry-based approach, you will be amazed at the depth your students can reach as they explore this historical text.