Virtual Viewing Party: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Celebrate the service and impact of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life by joining us for a virtual viewing party. This event features a special video with associated resources and activities to help students understand the history of Dr. King’s work and the importance of service to a healthy community.
What is a Virtual Viewing Party?
A virtual viewing party is a shared viewing experience of a special Discovery Education video. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day virtual viewing party features the video Celebrate with DE: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which provides a look into the life and contributions of the renowned civil rights leader.
Thousands of classrooms will simultaneously access this video and share their thoughts and reflections about civil rights, service, and community. If this is your first virtual viewing party read our FAQs for additional information.
The content and activities are suitable for all grades but we always recommend a preview to determine whether the content suits your needs.
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, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, and Math Techbook customers. If you are not currently a subscriber to these services, you can sign-up for a free trial to watch the video for this event.
Viewing Party Essential Questions
- Why is Martin Luther King Jr. Day is important?
- How is Martin Luther King Jr.’s work still important today?
- How can people show tolerance towards others?
- What does service mean to you?
- How can you serve others in your community?
Join the Discussion
What if we are participating in the on-demand event?
Your class can watch the video at any time and join the discussion independently. If you are participating on-demand, you may want to have students review the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Padlet or Twitter discussion to compare ideas and make connections. You can also use the suggested resources below to support your discussions.
Suggested Viewing Activities
To make the most of the virtual viewing party with your class, we suggest the following activities.
Before the Viewing Party
Explain to your students that this virtual viewing party will focus on the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Use a K-W-L chart to keep track of things the students already Know and find out what they Wonder and would like to Learn from the video and during the event. Since many of your students will have some familiarity with Dr. King, challenge them to predict what pieces of his story will be included in the video.
During the Viewing Party
Use the strategy Read My Mind to focus the students on key concept words presented during the video. Keep the list you’ve created under wraps until the students have had a chance to view the video twice: on the first viewing, allow the students to watch and listen without any writing or response; on the second viewing, have students jot down words they think you have selected as keywords. (You may support students by providing a printed transcript and allowing them to highlight keywords.)
Take some time to discuss the keywords and how they relate to the importance of Dr. King’s work and the reasons we celebrate his legacy. Then, return to your K-W-L chart and complete the Learn column with things the students have learned.
After the Viewing Party
Have your students demonstrate their understanding by inviting them to engage in a round of They Said What?! in which they’ll imagine what individuals in the video might have said. Use the pause function to present various people in the video and be sure to include the people in the crowds and community. (You may also print screenshots or encourage students to sketch the individuals.)
Finally, have your students think about ways they might be able to contribute to a healthy community in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and every day. Share your students’ ideas or plans via your personal, class, or school Twitter account. Don’t forget to share it all with us on Twitter @DiscoveryEd using #CelebratewithDE.
- Content Collections: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Grades K-12, Assorted Resources
- Martin Luther King Jr. in Jail: “Letter from Birmingham City Jail”
Grades K-12, Image Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. sits in a jail cell at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963.
- Martin Luther King Receiving Nobel Prize
Grades K-12, Image Crown Prince Harald and King Olav of Norway congratulate American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. after he receives the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Grades 3-12, Video Segment [01:35] Exhibits the numerous features and symbolism behind the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC.
- Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Grades K-2, Full Video [08:00] Based on the classic children’s book, this presentation uses quotes from some of Dr. King’s greatest speeches to bring his work to life.