Lesson Plans

10 Lesson Plans

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's `I have a dream' speech, 28 August

1. I have a dream
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character." Base a lesson on civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King's famous 1963 speech.

2. Martin Luther King
What kind of world did Martin Luther King dream about? What did he believe? Was his dream realised? Explore these questions and more in a project about the activist.

3. Discrimination
What motivated Martin Luther King to campaign against prejudice and discrimination? Encourage your students to discuss the background to his work and how successful he was with this PowerPoint.

4. Wise words
Use this series of activities to analyse what made Martin Luther King's speech so powerful and as inspiration for a lesson on poetry or scriptwriting.

5. All together
Why not get your students to compose a class version of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech? What would their dream for the rest of the world be?

6. In the news
Explore the world that Martin Luther King grew up in and ask students to write a biographical newspaper article about his life and work.

7. Taking a stand
Spark a classroom debate: should Martin Luther King have left it to someone else to take the risks that he did? Is it worth dying for an important cause? Have your students ever stood up for something they believe in?

8. Persuasive speechwriting
Be inspired by Martin Luther King's oratory powers. Get students to analyse the language and persuasive techniques used in his speech. Then ask them to write their own.

9. Hopes and dreams
What kind of freedom did Martin Luther King want? What was the March on Washington? Introduce students to Dr King's hopes and dreams with this six-part series of activities.

10. The whole story
This illustrated PowerPoint tells the story of Martin Luther King, from his birth in Georgia to the announcement of his commemorative day in 1983.

Find these lesson plans and more at bit.lyMartinLutherKingLessons

10 Lesson Plans

Mother Teresa's birthday, 26 August

1. Mother Teresa
Help students to understand this key Christian figure, the work she did and the influence she had by asking the children to put themselves in her shoes.

2. Leading the way
What does it mean to be inspirational? Explore the impact of such people on society.

3. Devil's advocate
Mother Teresa has attracted criticism. Take a look at some of the controversies surrounding her life and work, such as her views on abortion and the role of medicine.

4. Who was Mother Teresa?
How did a young girl named Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu come to work in the slums of India and become the most famous nun in the world? Why is she considered a hero by so many?

5. Dear diary.
Ask students to describe key moments in Mother Teresa's life, such as leaving her home in Albania for the first time, and how she may have felt about them.

6. Life and beliefs
Investigate what beliefs are, why we have them and how they influence our behaviour.

7. What is inspiration?
How did Mother Teresa strive to help the poor? What inspired her? Use this illustrated PowerPoint as a springboard for these questions.

8. What would you do?
This simple PowerPoint asks your students what they think is wrong with the world today - and whether they would be willing to give up everything to go and help.

9. Eulogising Mother Teresa
Children can practise their writing and presentation skills with this activity asking them to compose a speech about Mother Teresa that could have been read at her funeral.

10. Question time
Try out this general knowledge and team-building quiz in the format of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. If students are struggling with the questions about Mother Teresa, there's a fun bonus round asking about Justin Bieber.

Find these lesson plans at bit.lyMotherTeresaLessons

3 Special Educational Needs resources

1. Support for Sencos
This guide from TES Special Educational Needs offers support for SEN coordinators, with resources on transition, policy development and how to work with parents.

2. Behaviour monitoring
Establish the right ground rules - and hand responsibility over to your students - with BrentKnoll's simple motivation strip that will help children to manage their own behaviour.

3. Look and learn
Keep students on track with bevevans22's set of 54 Widgit Symbols to print off and use for visual lesson timetables, covering most subject areas and specialist therapies.


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