Books and Passages

Excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from the Birmingham City Jail


Grade: 6
Lexile Level: 980L
Domain: U.S. History
Text Type: Informational
Skill/Strategy: Multi Skill/Strategy


Paired Text Lesson
These texts have been paired because they both reveal the perspectives of prominent African Americans on the Civil Rights movement.


This Passage & Question Set, related Vocabulary materials, and Paired Text align to the following Common Core Anchor Standards:

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Full Standards Descriptions

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.

Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.

User Comments

There passages are great! They are practical in providing essential information and the opportunity to practice important reading skills. THANKS!

very great questions

very helpful and good questions!


One of our 4th grade classes used a portion of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech as a fluency read for the week. They also showed a You Tube video (3 minute portion) of the speech and read MARTIN'S BIG WORDS by Doreen Rappaport as a read aloud. I'm planning to use those along with ReadWorks differentiated reading passages for my ESL class of Level 1 and 2 7th and 8th grade EL students. Thanks to Read Works for your great resources!

I was going to use it as a back to school lesson in Jan. Since the next week is the MLK holiday and I wanted the students to be familiar with KIngs other writings. I bought the audio book with the full letter. I am going to pre teach with Ethos, Pathos, & Logos as an intro to persuasion....

Thanks I might do  for my students !!!!!!!!!

What would be a good lesson to pair this with?

Try the article, A Lesson On Courage: Rosa Parks

This text and question set may work well as an additional resource to build background knowledge with The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 novel study unit, or the When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson comprehension unit.

very innovative qestions.