Books and Passages

Martin Luther King Jr.


Grade: 1
Lexile Level: 470L
Domain: U.S. History
Text Type: Informational
Skill/Strategy: Multi Skill/Strategy

Grade: 1
Lexile Level: 470L
Domain: U.S. History
Text Type: Informational
Skill/Strategy: Multi Skill/Strategy

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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.

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

Great passage

I appreciate the dedication of remembering our leaders.

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I do not mean to be overly-critical as this is a good text but I think that even at a lower grade and a lower lexile it is important to mention that the issue of fairness was between blacks and whites. (Not every student at a lower lexile is so young) Even young children can handle this truth and we do a disservice to Dr. King by disconnecting him (and our students) from the truth. Thank you nonetheless for having biographies at lower lexiles.

I agree. A good text. but this is a key part of US history and we should not gloss it over. Just like the Holocaust, we must always remember, and make sure our children remember, so that history does not repeat itself.

I agree, as well.

I agree with you that it is an important point to make, but at the same time I try to emphasize with my students that injustice is injustice no matter what. I always introduce topics of injustice without the color, gender, religion, or other "markers" we use to divide ourselves against one another. Even just for a moment or two... As the lesson(s) go on, then we look at what the details of the issues were. I strive to avoid perpetuating a fallacy that we are trying to let go of... if that makes sense. For example, in the US there were people who were enslaved. Isn't that wrong no matter the color of their skin? Later we learn that people in power used skin color as a way to keep and maintain slavery and we discuss the impact of that, the causes/effects, etc... including discussion of race and skin color. Thanks for your comment.

The issue of fairness was across the board to me. Women were not treated fairly at that time either, black or white. He opened up avenues for many people, not just one race.

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Yes, I agree.


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Thank you very much. Although my Kindergarten children knew all details about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Vedio and understood it very well. Manel, K teacher.


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