Martin's Big Words

by Doreen Rappaport

This picture-book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world’s most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport weaves the immortal words of Dr. King into a captivating narrative to tell the story of his life. With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, Martin’s Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America—and the world—forever.

Awards: 2002 Caldecott Honor 2002 Coretta Scott King Honor.



"My Big Words" Book Template: Students can use this online form as a template to create a book of their own "big words."

Word Mover: Using this mobile application for tablet devices, students can move words from excerpts of King's "I Have a Dream" speeach to create found poems.
Lesson Plan: How Big Are Martin’s Big Words? Thinking Big about the Future
Martin's Big Words - Pre-reading activity, discussion questions, ideas for projects, and a graphic organizer or timeline activity.
Reaching to the Clouds for Equality
"In this lesson, the students experience unequal treatment first hand and discuss fairness. Children reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream. Through this activity, the students personalize a way to act out his dream."
Big Words (Introduction - Grade K - 2)
Heroes and Helpers