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Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

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Title:Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Authors:Doreen Rappaport
Other authors:Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 40 pages
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Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport (2007)



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Review: I really enjoyed this book because it offers another perspective of MLK Jr.'s life. It humanizes him as more than just a social justice hero, but also a person who was a mischievous child, suffered prejudice and unfairness from a young age, and decided to begin changing the world before he ever became famous. It gives courage to kids who are afraid to stand up for what they believe in and shows any reader what conviction looks like for a cause they believe in.

Critique: This book is great to use when introducing the Civil Rights movement to students. It is human, fun, and brings up difficult topics that are usually hard to explore no matter the audience.

Lesson Activity: Write a letter to Martin Luther King Junior's sister. What would you like to ask her about how she grew up and how she feels about her brother and his famous movement?

Craft Elements: Point of view/perspective. ( )
  lmguest | Dec 7, 2016 |
This non-fiction book is about Martin Luther King's life and how he grew up. It talks about how he came to want to fight for the people and fight for love. I would use this book to teach students about Martin Luther King during February. It would make a great mentor text.
  arikacosta | Dec 6, 2016 |
Martin's Big Words is a book about Martin Luther King, JR's life. Where he came from, and how he felt about equality. It talks about his journal to make a difference in the world by choosing love over violence. He used his voice to make a difference rather than his fist. He never gave up helping people until he was shot in Memphis, Tennessee. Where he died, but his words live on.

This is a biography of Martin Luther King's JR's life. It written in my opinion in a great way. It is not simply giving students facts that they are to write down, but explaining his life using pictures and words. The book is very easy to follow along and is perfect for any grade in elementary. Throughout the whole book they put quotes that Martin directly said in bigger letters then the rest of the words. For example, on page 18 it says, "Remember, if I am stopped, this movement will not be stopped, because God is with this movement." His words being in bigger letters will stick out to the readers and help them remember them better.

The teacher could make a collage of Martin's words from the book as the class reads it out loud. At the end of the book look back at all Martin had to say. Then the teacher can hang it on the wall as a reminder that everyone can make a difference in this world.
The teacher can print out certain words from the book, like love, protest, everyone, hate, and separate. Once printed out hand a copy to each of the students. The students will then have to raise that word up when they hear it in the story. It makes the students stay involved in the reading, and also helps the teacher see who is paying attention.

Craft Element:
Reading/writing - The teacher can read other segregation books and have the class compare and contrast the different books
- The teacher could have the students write about ways that they can make a difference in today's world.
- The teacher can focus on certain words from the book and help the students understand segregation more.
  Kim_Brewer2017 | Aug 27, 2016 |
Summary:This book tells a short summary of Martin Luther King Jr's life. It starts out telling the reader that when he was a little boy all he ever saw was White Only signs around town and that made him sad. The book then goes on to say that even when he was little he decided he would preach like his father. It tells the reader that he did grow up and began preaching and started a movement for blacks to have equal rights. It tells how he went from place to place in this movement and finally won. It then tells how he went wherever people needed him and then ended up being shot and killed.

Personal Reaction: I enjoyed this book because I think it is a great children's book that was short and to the point hitting the main things needed to teach the students that part in history and about Martin Luther King Jr's life.

Classroom Extensions: A classroom extension I would consider doing would be to just sit in a circle around a rug and have a classroom discussion about what was read and see what questions the kids might have about him or that time in history. Another extension I would consider doing would be to watch the video of Martin Luther Kings I Have A Dream Speech so allow the students to really see his impact on video instead of just reading about it. ( )
  CherokeeDavies | Jul 19, 2016 |
This book is about MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR's life, and how it was hard being black back then. He gave a big speech and he said "I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY IN ALABAMA LITTLE BLACK BOYS AND BLACK GIRLS WILL JOIN HANDS WITH LITTLE WHITE BOYS AND WHITE GIRLS AS SISTER AND BROTHERS". This meant a lot to black people. But one day he got shot on April 1968. People were so very sad. I would recommend this book to any one. I love this book because it's happy that someone stood up, but sad that people shot him. ( )
  AlexisF7 | May 23, 2016 |
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In this elegant pictorial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., author Doreen Rappaport combines her spare, lyrical text with King's own words for an effective, age-appropriate portrayal of one of the world's greatest civil rights leaders. From King's youth, when he looked up to his preacher father and vowed one day to "get big words, too," to his death at a garbage workers' strike ("On his second day there, he was shot. He died."), Rappaport imbues the story with reverence.

Acclaimed artist Bryan Collier depicts his subject with stunning watercolor and collage illustrations, balancing glorious recreations of stained glass windows with some of the more somber images of peace marchers and the famous bus that pitched Rosa Parks into the civil rights movement. A brief chronology and bibliography provide additional resources for readers. Here is an exquisite tribute to a world hero. (Ages 4 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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