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I Have a Dream...Equal Rights for All

Women's Equality Day and the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's famous “I Have a Dream” speech both take place in August. In this section, we’re highlighting resources related to Women's Equality Day, which is celebrated on August 26th to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. 

Grades 9-12

Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less

Don't miss this enormous collection of primary sources about the women's suffrage movement and rich resources for using them in an educational setting, including an interactive timeline and a "media map" plotting the primary source.

Grades K-4

Reading Treks: Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles

Follow Alice Burke and Nell Richardson as they journey across the United States in an attempt to persuade the public that women should have the right to vote. This Reading Trek creates a virtual field trip for students and includes a map and activities!

Grades 5-12

Girl Rising Curriculum & Educator Tools

Encourage upper elementary, middle, and high school students to think about their role in our global society by using this project-based lessons curriculum that includes teacher guides to start conversations about gender, political, and cultural issues.

Grades 2-10


Use this site to empower girls ages 8–14 to dream big and pursue any interest, no matter what field. Articles feature well-known and everyday women that serve as inspiration for young girls. Check out the Features section to search articles by categories.

Grades 8-12

Global Fund for Women

Share stories about women's issues from around the world with your students and explore how Global Fund's grantmaking and fundraising are helping worldwide. Read stories of activism, gender equality, heroism, and other ways to empower women.

Grades 6-12

WASP on the Web

Read stories about the women who helped ferry aircraft of all sorts from factory to front line during World War II. The site offers glimpses of the people, airplanes, and places that made the WASPs an indispensable element of the war effort.

Learn About the 1963 March on Washington

August 28, 1963, was a memorable day in history. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. In this section, we share resources to teach your students about the march, the man, and the speech. 

Grades K-12

TeachersFirst's Martin Luther King, Jr. Resources

Peruse this curated list of resources to discover lesson ideas, activities, research materials, and interactive sites for studying Martin Luther King, Jr. and his famous speeches. Each reviewed resource includes technology integration ideas.

Grades 6-12

March on Washington Lesson

Integrate these 20 lessons related to the March on Washington. Find links to important documents, extension activities, thinking questions, audio and video footage, and correlations to national standards in history, civics, and other subjects.

Grades 7-12

Reading Trek: March, Book One

TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature using Google Maps and an instructional guide with activities. This story relates to Congressman John Lewis, who, as a student, met Martin Luther King.

Grades 9-12

Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words through Diamante Poetry

This beautifully detailed lesson plan (which includes rubrics and videos) focuses on the power and passion of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech. Students are asked to create original poetry using words and themes taken from King's speech.

Grades 3-12

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Global Freedom Struggle

This incredible site offers a lot of information: primary documents, educational resources and lessons, a timeline of the events in King's life, and, most importantly, a link to “Freedom’s Ring,” an animated version of King's “I Have a Dream” Speech.

This Week at TeachersFirst

Our Summer virtual workshop series has ended, but the learning can continue through our on-demand recordings! Registration for our fall book club is now open. We’re also sharing a related blog post and kindly request your input in our weekly poll. 

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OK2Ask: On Demand

Our summer OK2Ask virtual workshop series has ended, but all of our sessions are available on-demand! Register and watch workshops at your convenience to learn about topics like formative assessment, comics in the classroom, Chrome extensions, and more.

Discover new tools and topics to infuse in your lessons »

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TeachersFirst 2021 Fall Book Club

This fall, TeachersFirst is hosting a free, member-only virtual book club designed to help teachers use popular literature to encourage critical thinking and start meaningful discussions about diversity and identity with their students.

Learn to use popular books to spark discussions about challenging topics »

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Hidden Treasures for Sharing Dreams and Goal Setting

Skim through this related blog post and consider using Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech and the suggested resources as inspiration for both you and your students to set goals and share dreams for the upcoming school year.

Find resources related to the famous speech »

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Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks, "Do you do anything to recognize the anniversary of the March on Washington?" Share your thoughts about the question and view others' replies when you click submit.

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