“Once upon a time, there was a man named Martin Luther King, Jr. He taught us that things won’t always be awesome, but your response can be. Remember, things don’t always have to be the way they are. We can change them! Kids can change them. This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrate the promise of change with Kid President!” (From the Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kid President YouTube page)
Watching YouTube videos is a favorite pastime for many students (and adults!) Let’s harness this passion to teach note taking skills and to inspire students as they learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. The video below was created by Kid President, the 10-year old kid who dons a suit and sunny personality, inspires people with positivity through a kid filter. How awesome would it be if we could approach life with an open mind and an optimistic attitude like children do?
This activity is geared for elementary school students.
For students learning to take notes, have the student watch the 3-minute video the first time through without taking notes. During the first view, the student should focus on the content, absorbing and comprehending the information and picking up the ‘tone’ of the video. Then, the student should open a document and label it “Martin Luther King video”. Go to the video application and start the video; quickly switch back to the document to begin taking notes while watching the video.
Note: The goal is for students to take notes while listening – not to answer questions after watching the video.
Students have different skill sets and abilities. This note taking activity can be modified to best fit your student.
Video: The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kid President
Kid President has a personal story of battling a brittle bone disease that caused him to suffer over 70 fractures and have numerous surgeries.
Here are some resources on teaching note taking skills to younger students:
by Diane Brauner, 1/10/23
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