Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In remembrance of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many Linsly faculty members have incorporated lessons about his legacy into their classrooms today.
In the Middle School, Mrs. Loudermilk’s 6th grade language arts class is reading some of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor today. It is historical fiction and set in Southern Mississippi during the 1930's. Racism, segregation, and prejudice are addressed in the book and discussed in the classroom. Meanwhile, in celebration of MLK and as part of their 8th grade Career Research Unit, Mrs. Allison’s students will read and discuss an informational text about MLK's career. A discussion will address the Essential Question of "What is an activist?"
Mrs. Sarah Ochap’s students read an excerpt from MLK's American Dream and listened to a part of What is your life's blueprint? a speech aimed directly at middle school aged students. The speech encourages students to love themselves just the way they are and to find something to do with their lives where they can be excellent. They talked about legacy and finished with the song Glorious, by Macklemore where they focused on the lyrics: "I heard you die twice, once when they bury you in the grave, and the second time is the last time that somebody mentions your name."
Ms. Leone's Graphic Design students used the Photoshop features they have learned so far (autoshapes and brushes) to design a collage that honors MLK Jr. They began today's lesson by clicking on the Google Logo and reading through some of the articles that it mentioned. They found keywords that represented MLK Jr and his beliefs and tried to represent those words through their design. Finally, in senior English classes, students are analyzing the rhetorical techniques of MLK’s 1963 speech March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in preparation for an upcoming study of King’s Letter From Birmingham Jail, the most important document of the Civil Rights Movement. During our assembly meeting and in their classes today, students were reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream for America.