In Memory of Dr. King

Students learn about and practice making inferences; they read and/or listen to a passage about the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.


R1: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. (Apply this standard to texts of appropriate complexity as outlined by Standard 10.)


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Activity steps

  1. Use the opens in a new window free packet ( and opens in a new window resources ( by Pam Olivieri of Rockin Resources to introduce inferences. The packet includes helpful graphic organizers.
  2. Have students practice making inferences using opens in a new window this simple worksheet from Rockin Resources:
  3. As a final step, have students read, or listen to, the following ReadWorks passage, “In Memory of Dr. King”: opens in a new window!articleTab:content/ Students should answer the Inference Questions (under the Question Sets tab). They can explain their reasoning (referencing details from the text and background knowledge) in pairs or as part of group discussion.
  4. Extensions:
    • Have students write and answer their own questions that require making inferences or locating specific details.
    • Have students use the Rockin Resources graphic organizers to practice making inferences about another reading passage related to Civil Rights or African American history. (You may want to draw from opens in a new window ReadWorks’ Black History month collection.)

Other skills

Extensions can be made to GED® Social Studies Assessment Targets:
  • USH.d.3: Civil Rights Movement

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