Middle School Students Analyze Dr. King’s Legacy

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American Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped ninth-graders make connections to international events in their global studies classes at Edmund W. Miles Middle School.

Co-teachers Jack Zider and Charles Martine engaged students in discussions about segregation in other parts of the world, past and present. The ninth-graders also made comparisons between non-violence movements in the United States and India. In small groups, students created and shared their own definitions of non-violence.

“Our curriculum is ancient history, so we have to make it something that they can relate to,” Mr. Zider said.

In Michele Rudden’s eighth-grade social studies classes, students analyzed Dr. King’s dreams for equality and discussed whether or not they felt his dreams had come true. They made connections between the Civil Rights era and modern society. Students used Chromebooks to access a hyperdoc, which had links to articles, passages and videos about Dr. King.

Ms. Rudden explained that by eighth-grade, students know about Dr. King and his accomplishments, so she wanted them to perform a deeper analysis of his legacy by using the online resources and their knowledge of current events.