Legacy: Dr. King, Honi, and Me

Board of Jewish Education JTeach (Northbrook, IL)

Through this unconventional holiday mash-up, students will delve into the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Honi Ha-Magel in order to gain new insights into the holidays of MLK Day and Tu B’Shevat. Using art as the vehicle for reflection and expression, students will then explore the relationship among their values, their actions and their impact on future generations.

This resource, aimed at grades 5-7, includes a thorough lesson plan on MLK and Honi, their stories, their shared value of Tikkun Olam, and the importance of the concept of legacy. Also included is an accompanying source sheet with Honi's famous "Honi and the Carob Tree" story, a brief biography of MLK, and discussion questions.

This resource includes three downloads (all available through the "View Resources" link above):

  • Dr. King, Honi, and Me lesson plan (Grades 5-7)
  • Source sheets, Honi and MLK (Honi and the Carob Tree and MLK biography)
  • Personal Legacy Portrait worksheet


Area of Work

  • DS&Y - Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • T - Teens

Resource Type

  • Lesson

Resource Topic

  • Civic Education
  • Racial Justice
  • Holidays


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