Nobel Prize Lessons – Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement

Martin Luther King Jr. marches with other religious leaders and activists past Browns Chapel in Selma, Alabama, during the second attempted march to Montgomery. (Photo by © Flip Schulke/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)


The Swedish version of this lesson can be found on the Nobel Prize Museum’s website.

This is a step-by-step timetable for a Nobel Prize Lesson – a complete lesson package about Martin Luther King Jr. The lesson package consists of four parts: a slide show with a speaker’s manuscript for the teacher, six short videos, a concluding assignment and this teacher’s guide.
Teacher’s guide: Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement (PDF 60 Kb)

Time required
The entire lesson package takes about three 45-minute class hours to complete. Each video is about 4 minutes long. Here is a suggestion for how you can organise this task:

  • Lesson 1: Warm-up, Videos 1 and 2
  • Lesson 2: Videos 3, 4 and 5
  • Lesson 3: Video 6 and concluding assignment

YouTube video playlist.

Make sure the slide show and the videos work in your classroom. Make copies of the student worksheet.

Show a photo of Martin Luther King Jr. (preferably the first photo in the slide show). Let your students discuss for a few minutes in groups what they know about King. Follow up in the class as a whole.

Present the slide show and screen the videos
Present the slide show with the help of the speaker’s manuscript. After each video, your students should be given a few minutes to discuss the issues.

Slide show (pdf)
Speaker’s manuscript (pdf)

Concluding assignment
Conclude by showing your students the excerpt from Martin Luther King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Then divide the class into small groups. Give a student worksheet to each group. The assignment is for each group, inspired by King’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech, to write its own short speech and present it to the rest of the class.

Student worksheet (pdf)


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