Here are 10 Martin Luther King Jr. Day writing prompts you can use to ring in the holiday with your classroom or your own personal journal. If you enjoyed these prompts, buy the entire collection of 1,000 Writing Prompts for Holidays on Amazon.
While it is important to be able to speak out on what you believe in, it can be
a dangerous practice if you're discussing a controversial issue. Do you think
it's still worth it to try to right injustice? Why or why not?
Dr. King found an issue he believed in, equality, and he devoted his life to
the cause. What is something that you strongly believe in? Do you think you'd
ever be willing to talk to millions of people about it? Why or why not?
Multiple aspects of civil rights that Dr. King was peacefully fighting for have
come true. How do you think he would feel after seeing these practices come to
What parts of everyday life would Dr. King still be fighting to change if he
were alive and well today? Why would he continue the cause when so much has
already been achieved?
Imagine that Dr. King knew that he was going to be assassinated approximately
24 hours before it happened. Do you think he still would have continued to
speak? Would he have done something differently to wrap up his life? Why?
How do you think the modern age of technology has changed the way that people
can speak about what they believe in? Has it changed for the better or the
worse and why?
Imagine that you had a family member with a completely different belief from
you. How would the two of you peacefully resolve the issue? Why might it be
better to use kindness instead of anger to deal with the conflict?
While Dr. King talked about non-violent methods of dealing with inequality,
other speakers at the time, like Malcolm X, were more willing to resort to
violence. Why do you think other speakers weren't willing to go along with Dr.
King on a more peaceful path? What issues might come up in using violence that
wouldn't result from using compassion? Why?
Do you think equality is important in areas like the workplace, marriage, and
in education? Why or why not?
Who are some book, television, and movie characters that remind you of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.? What are some ways in which they are similar and what
are ways in which they are different? Who would you rather have on your side in
a conflict and why?
Written by Bryan Cohen
Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 19,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.
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Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.