Monday, January 12, 2009

Math Monday: Martin Luther King Jr

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day next Monday, this week's lesson will be about Dr. King and his life.

I have found it a bit difficult to come up with math lessons surrounding Martin Luther King, Jr so I created several word problems based on his life instead. I will probably create a timeline of his life (combining math and history) and then present this series of math questions.

Life events for timeline
-Born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA to Alberta King and Martin Luther King
-Graduated high school in 1944
-Graduated from Morehouse College in 1948 with his BA in Sociology
-Graduated from Crozier Theological Seminary in 1951
-Married Coretta Scott in 1953
-Received his PhD from Boston University in 1955
-Led a boycott of Montgomery buses to protest segregation (vocabulary word) in 1955
-Participated in March on Washington and delivered his now famous "I Have a Dream" speech in March 1963
-Received Nobel Peace Prize in 1964
-Assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968
-Martin Luther King Day becomes a federal holiday in 1986

Word problems
-How old was Dr. King when he graduated from high school? Morehouse College?, Crozier Theological Seminary? Boston University? (Alternatively, I may ask how many years after graduating from high school, did Dr. King graduate from Boston University with his PhD?)
-How old was Dr. King when he got married?
-How many years after the Montgomery bus boycott, did Dr. king deliver his "I Have a Dream" speech?
-How old was Dr. King when he was assassinated?
-How many years passed between the assassination of Dr. King and the recognition of Martin Luther King Day as a federal holiday?

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