Friday, August 29, 2014

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

published on: 2/28/2003

Contributing Teacher(s): Judy Taylor

Subject Area: Communication Arts/Reading/Literature

Grade Range: Lower Elementary (K-3)

Materials Needed:

  • pencil
  • crayons
  • Performance Task Packet (which includes the Student Prompt, the Response Sheets, and the Scoring Guide)

Instructional Strategy: Evaluating Student Understanding

Process Standards:

  • Goal 1.8 organize data, information and ideas into useful forms (including charts, graphs, outlines)
  • Goal 4.1 explain reasoning and identify information used to support decisions

Content Standards:

  • Communication Arts 3. Reading and evaluating nonfiction works and material (such as biographies, newspap...)
  • Communication Arts 4. Writing formally (such as reports, narratives, essays) and informally (such as outlines, notes)

    G.L.E.:

    Time Allowance: Two to three 30-minute class periods

    Description: This MAP performance task requires that students summarize a piece of non-fiction, construct a graphic organizer, and write a short paragraph about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.''s life and dream.


    Classroom Component: This performance task requires that students summarize a piece of non-fiction (biography) that describes the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They will construct a graphic organizer (story map) to summarize the events from Dr. King’s life. Then, they will write a short paragraph telling what Dr. King’s dream was and whether or not they feel it has come true and why. Correct capitalization and punctuation need to be used. Instructions for Administration: Present students with the Performance Task Packet and make sure they understand what they are to do. Go over the scoring guide so they know how the written product will be assessed.Pre-assessment: Students will have selected and read a biography about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Discuss what a graphic organizer looks like and show several examples. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Student PromptA new elementary school is being built in the school district. It will be named Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School. In the main hall, there will be a large mural showing events from Dr. King’s life. The superintendent of schools has asked the elementary students to submit a plan that might be used as a basis for the mural. Use Student Response Sheet #1 to create a story map of what you feel the mural should include. Be sure it includes important events from Dr. King’s life, is neat, colored, and labeled. Also, with the mural will be a short written summary of what you feel Dr. King’s dream was, whether or not you feel his dream has come true and your reasons. Write your paragraph on Student Response Sheet #2. Your work will need to use proper grammar and correct punctuation.Student Response Sheet #1Use Student Response Sheet #1 to create a story map of what you feel the mural should include. Be sure it includes important events from Dr. King’s life, is neat, colored, and labeled. Student Response Sheet #2Write a short summary of what you feel Dr. King’s dream was, whether or not you feel his dream has come true, and include reasons. Your work will need to use proper grammar and correct punctuation. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Scoring GuideMy story map shows the important events in Dr. King''s life.

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    My story map is neat, colored, and labeled.
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    My paragraph tells what I feel Dr. King''s dream was and explains why or why not I feel his dream has come true.
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    My paragraph uses proper grammar and correct punctuation.
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    For additional information contact :
    Judy Taylor
    Stewartsville Elem.
    Stewartsville C-2
    (816) 669-3258

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