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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017
Virtual Viewing Party

On-Demand Event

Join Discovery Education in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Together, students across the country will explore the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. while connecting to other classrooms around the world.

Explore the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What is a Virtual Viewing Party?

A virtual viewing party is a shared viewing experience of a brand-new Discovery Education video, Celebrate with DE: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, looking at the life of Martin Luther King jr. and why we remember him each January. The video will explore who Martin Luther King Jr. was, the civil rights movement and major events he was involved in, and his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.

Thousands of classrooms will simultaneously access this video and share their thoughts and reflections around Dr. King, the importance of his belief in peaceful protest, and his legacy, then and now. If this is your first virtual viewing party read our FAQs for additional information.

We recommend the content and activities for grades three and above, but you can preview the video to determine if it is appropriate for your students.

How to Watch

We recommend you download the video, Celebrate with DE: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in advance of your viewing party for the most seamless viewing experience.

This video is available to all Discovery Education Streaming and Social Studies Techbook customers, if you are not currently a subscriber to one of these services, you can sign-up for a free trial to participate in this event.

What if we are watching after the event?

Your class can watch the video any time and join the discussion asynchronously. If you are participating after January 13, you may want to have students review the community conversation tool or Twitter discussion to compare ideas and make connections. You can also use the suggested resources below to support your discussions.

Suggested Viewing Activities

Suggested Viewing Activities

To make the most of the virtual viewing party with your class, we suggest the following activities:

Before the Viewing Party
Preview a grade-appropriate resource about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and have students complete a Connect the Dots organizer, making connections between themselves and the legacy of Dr. King. Suggested resources include:

Martin’s Big Words
Video, Grades K-2, 3-5
The classic children’s book by Doreen Rappaport comes to life in stunning collage art and vibrant watercolor paintings in this profound and important biography about beliefs and dreams and following one’s heart.

American Heroes: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Working for Justice
Video Segment, Grades 3-5
Martin Luther King, Jr., becomes a leader in the change of laws unfair to African-Americans and wins Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

Civil Rights Movement: Equality for All Americans
Video Segment, Grades 3-5, 6-8
Jim Crow laws segregated whites and blacks in the South until the middle of the twentieth century. Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., became key figures in the civil rights movement.

During the Video Viewing
Have students complete an AEIOU graphic organizer. This strategy helps students look for and remember key ideas about the information presented in the video. It also provides a conversation structure for debriefing with students.

After the Video Viewing
Have students complete their Connect the Dots organizer, then write a Six Word Story about Dr. King and service, and share stories in the online discussion. Six Word Stories help students practice summarizing and selective word choice as they convey a big idea using only six words.

Looking for more resources on Martin Luther King, Jr.? Check out this blog post with more resources from Discovery Education

Viewing Party Essential Questions

Why is Dr. King’s work still important today?

How can we show tolerance toward others?

What does service mean to you?

How can you serve others in your community?