“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
As a teacher of English Language Arts I’m always looking for interesting ways to look at the world with my students. The following is an example of a bellwork exercise, where we analyze quotes. I have my students do three things with the quote in the 10 minute opening of class:
1.Paraphrase the quote
2.Do you agree with this quote or not – provide an example to support your rationale
3.Draw an image of either the quote or what you wrote about
Here is my response to the above quote by Martin Luther King Jr.:
1. You must love your enemy, not hate them – rise above hatred.
2. I agree with Martin Luther King Jr. because love is more powerful than hatred in the fact that we all come from love – god’s love (whatever god you believe in), our mother’s love, our family’s love, our love for ourselves. I find the people who are mean are missing some vital connection with love, and I want to love them more. I want to show the mean ones what love is and how to share it.