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Warring students learn about diversity, create MLK posters

 Some of the MLK posters created by Kathleen Orza's third graders
 Some of the MLK posters created by Kathleen Orza's third graders

Students in Kathleen Orza’s classes at Warring Elementary School spent two weeks learning about diversity and talking about their similarities and differences.

“We agreed that these things make us all unique and special. This led us right into a discussion about Dr. Martín Luther King Jr.,” Orza said.

The first week students watched two videos posted in Google Classroom. “Martin's Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr.” about Dr. King and his life, and “The Color of Us,” about how beautiful and different our skin color is. 

During the weekly meet, each class discussed how Dr. King changed the world and history.

“We talked about the students’ prior knowledge of Dr. King and his message of equality, hope, and peace. We discussed what peace and being non-violent means, and about human rights and treating each other equally,” she said.

Students then came up with a list of words or phrases that represented Dr. King and what he stood for.

The following week, the students’ assignment was to create a poster of Dr. King and include the words or phrases they came up with in the previous week on the poster.

“The students were enthusiastic about making the poster. They used whatever materials they had. I suggested that they use a cereal, cracker, or other food box and cut the cover off and use the back of the clean cardboard to make a poster that was sturdy and would last. I showed them how to draw Dr. King’s portrait. Some of them drew his portrait and others used creative license for their poster.”

To help illustrate their posters, students cut pictures out of magazines, newspapers and from online.

“Some of the younger students included hearts and rainbows to show that no matter what color our skin is, we need to all treat each other equally, respect each other, love each other, and carry on Dr. King’s legacy of equality and peace.”