In this unit pupils find out about the life and teachings of Martin Luther King. They use a range of written and visual sources to select, record and evaluate information on the importance of Martin Luther King in the period in which they lived and for today. They reflect on questions of human existence and purpose, and consider their own beliefs in the light of their learning about Martin Luther King.
This unit is expected to take approximately 7 hours.
This unit builds on work that the pupils have done on a religious figure in the key stage 2 scheme of work, eg unit 5A ‘Why is Muhammad important to Muslims?’ It links with unit 9A ‘Where are we going? Rites of passage’ in that it gives one person’s journey and answer to that question as well as raising other ultimate questions.
The unit prepares pupils for evaluative work in GCSE RE/RS.
At the end of this unit
most pupils will: know about the life of Martin Luther King accurately and describe key events in the figure’s life; understand the reasons for and the results of these key events in this person’s life; explain how the principal beliefs and teachings of Martin Luther King impact on the lives of believers today; explain the experience of inspirational people and relate it to their own and others’ lives; reflect on questions about the meaning and purpose of human existence, formulating their own response to such questions
some pupils will not have made so much progress and will: know when Martin Luther King lived, and describe some of the key events from the figure’s life; know some principal beliefs and teachings of Martin Luther King and make links between religious symbols, stories and beliefs; make informed responses to other people’s values and commitments in the light of their learning; reflect on questions about meaning and purpose of human existence, formulating their own response to such questions
some pupils will have progressed further and will: know in detail the life story of Martin Luther King, understanding the importance of key events in their historical and cultural setting; explain how religious beliefs, teachings, practices and lifestyles of believers today relate to Martin Luther King’s teachings; evaluate religious answers to questions of meaning and purpose using appropriate evidence and examples; reflect on questions about meaning and purpose of human existence, formulating their own informed response to such questions
It is helpful if pupils have:
Through the activities in this unit pupils will be able to understand, use and spell correctly words relating to the study of:
Speaking and listening – through the activities pupils could:
Reading – through the activities pupils could:
Writing – through the activities pupils could:
As well as a range of textbooks and published resources, this unit will be enhanced by the use of original ancient and modern materials from religious sources, including:
Pupils could go on to: