Martin Luther King Jr. Banners

Teaching my first graders about the impact Martin Luther King Jr. had is super important to me as a teacher.  We read books about his life, talk about why he is an inspiration, and watch his “I Have a Dream” speech. I also wanted a fun writing activity that was appropriate for the younger elementary grades. My kiddos just LOVE choices so I decided to whip up some different MLK writing banners.

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Getting Ready

To get started, I printed off the four banner options (below):

  • I Have a Dream…
  • Martin Lunker King Jr. Was…
  • I Can be Kind By…
  • MLK Changed America By…

I went ahead and printed them in color and on cardstock so they would hang nicely!


MLK Writing Banners

Then, I brought my kiddos to our classroom carpet and together we made a list of everything we knew about Martin Luther King Jr. on our anchor chart paper.  I wanted to have something that they could refer back to when writing on their banners.

After wrapping up our discussion about Martin Luther King Jr., I let my students pick one of the four banners and get started on writing!  I gave them plenty of time to fill them up, and then I paired students up to share their work.


We all gathered back at the carpet and I asked if anyone wanted to give a compliment to someone for doing a great job during writing time.  Hands shot up into the air and we spent some time listening to students point out what others had done well.

To finish up, I hole punched the corners of each banner, threaded a ribbon through the holes, and hung our work up in the hall.

I loved the added twist of making a banner and we got SO MANY compliments!  I know my students were proud of their work, and I enjoyed seeing how each student wrote something unique.

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  1. Kara Curran

    I cannot figure out how to download the banners even after signing up for your newsletter. 🙁

    • Danielle

      Me either, I keep pushing the download and it just keeps asking me to register. Which I already have done. =(

      • Dorothy

        I received an email to confirm my email I entered, then I came back to this site and hit download again…after I entered my name and email, again, it sent me the download!

  2. Jill

    This is so cute! I like the collaboration element.

  3. Christine Smith

    These are so nice! I’d love to download them, but I can’t get it to work after signing up and confirming my email address. 🙁

  4. Dan

    Thank you for the banners!

    • Ashley

      You are most welcome, Dan!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  5. Paulina

    I am interested in these banners for my students from 7th-12th graders.



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