Younger students understand reading about famous people when they were
young because they identify with those similar in age. My Brother Martin is
told by his sister. The story shows how Martin lived and reacted as a young
child in Atlanta when a neighbor would not let his white children play with
Martin any more. Students will use reading comprehension strategies as
they listen to this read aloud.
The rooms illustrated in this story are the actual rooms of Martin’s home. I
have provided the website where students can take a virtual tour of each
room in Martin’s childhood home. Students will fill in a graphic organizer,
a two-column organizer I have made to describe what the family did in each
and every room of Martin’s home.
Students will then “synthesize” all of the information they have learned and
write a letter to Martin as if he were still a child. (I have included a letter
In Martin’s “I Have a Dream” speech, students can highlight words and
phrases they understand as they read as a class to put them into a poem,
(Found Poetry). I have included directions how to write a “Found Poem.”
The poems and letters can be put on display to celebrate Martin Luther King
Jr.’s birthday. Or students can share their letters and poems at an assembly
or parent breakfast.