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Teacher's Guide: Hints for the Active Learning Questions

History
1. Groups should consult the timelines related to Martin Luther King for suggested topics for their timelines. If students are having trouble forming a reaction to the timelines when viewed together, questions such as these might help start them thinking: What parallels do you see between issues raised during Reconstruction and during the civil rights movement? Why did the civil rights movement happen only after the United States had been independent for nearly two centuries? Did the civil rights movement achieve its aims?

2. The text of the speech can be found at this link.

Geography
1. One source of this information is The World Factbook, published annually by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

2. The timelines related to Martin Luther King contain information that will be useful in selecting locations.

Civics
1. You might want to introduce this activity by having students review well-known statements by King, such as the "I Have a Dream" speech or the Letter from the Birmingham Jail, to find examples in which King used Biblical phrases.

2. Students might prefer to present their information in the form of a first-person "autobiography" written by the person they are researching.

Economics
1. An excellent starting point for data is The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published annually by the U.S. Census Bureau.

2. In searching for news reports that concern this issue, students might look for information on such topics as the personal background of individuals who commit violent acts or the question of whether poorer areas (or countries) tend to be more or less violent than wealthier ones.

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