Students will engage with concepts of leadership and service and reflect on MLK and Obama’s legacy in a variety of different ways before creating their own ‘Obama Hope’ poster.
Teachers can use any of the following resources to introduce students to Martin Luther King Jr, Martin Luther King Jr Day and black history in the United States.
Teachervision has a great compilation of resources and lessons for MLK day for different grade levels: https://www.teachervision.com/holidays/martin-luther-king-jr
The YouTube video from PBSNews is a nice overview of MLK day and student engagement (2011)
This is a great, short lesson about Ruby Bridges from Stanford University.
A good leader acts in service of the people they represent, Have your students discuss what service means and how they can be of service to others in our modern, covid impacted world.
Have younger students draw a picture of the service they provided to someone in their family.
Older students can write a short descriptive essay explaining what they did and how it helped another person.
Have students read the articles from National Geographic Kids on MLK and Barack Obama:
Have students create a Venn Diagram about what they learned about MLK and Obama.
The iconic HOPE poster designed by artist Shepard Fairey is recognizable around the world. The style of the poster has been recreated with other historical figures with other statements. One example is the MLK ‘DREAM’ poster.
If you have access to a laser cutter, you could use the laser cutter to engrave the posters into a piece of wood for students to make into magnets, or to display.
You could also print out the posters to create buttons!
After the students design their symbol it is up to the teacher to expand on the activity the following are some ideas that would work. Please let the MFL team know if you think of anything that should be added to this list!
ART: have students print out their photo in black and white and color it with red and blue to match Shepard Fairey’s style.
HISTORY: Focus on MLKs mission and how it lives on today.
MATH: Have students look up the crowd numbers for MLK speeches and Barack Obama’s speeches (or other polital/historical figures) Have them create a ratio of attendance.
ELA: There are countless books about MLK out there and writing exercises for students of all grades to engage with!