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Students write a speech. In this dreams lesson, students define the word dreams and list their own dreams. Students read and discuss Langston Hughes work, read and discuss excerpts from speeches by JFK and Martin Luther King, Jr., and write their own I Have a Dream speech. Students create a power point presentation to help present their speech to the class.
Students learn about equality, justice and fairness. In this equality lesson, students experience what it feels like to be treated unequally. Students examine Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of equality and his actions to make this dream come true. Students complete an art activity where they describe the dreams they have for themselves and for the world.
Eleventh graders explore, analyze and study the background to America's Civil Rights Movement through the court system, mass protest, public opinion, political cartoons and legislation. They research Rosa Parks, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka and Martin Luther King, Jr.
One of the most famous and well-crafted speeches of all time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, consists of rich metaphors and rhetorical language. Using a provided graphic organizer, students analyze five quotes from the speech and decipher the comparison being made, as well as the message. Students can use the Visual Thesaurus to find the meanings, but it's not necessary.
Fifth graders research the highlights of Martin Luther King Jr's life. They gain an understanding of the Jim Crow Laws and The Civil Rights Movement, as well as becoming familiar with Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech. Groups of learners create a time line of the ten most significant events in his life.
Use this communication skills lesson to emphasize evaluating a speaker's main point and argument. After reading Martin Luther King's, "I Have a Dream Speech" and John F. Kennedy's speech, "I Believe in an America Where the Separation of Church and State is Absolute," young writers compose essays regarding the American Armed Forces and create podcasts with the finished essays.
Fifth graders explore the important figures of the Civil Rights movement by completing a research project. In this African American activist lesson, 5th graders select an individual that helped bring about civil rights during the middle 1900's. Students research their person using the web and library before acting as a "wax museum" version of their person in class.
Pupils read speeches and identify the main idea as well as the literary techniques employed, paying careful attention to the persuasion and repetition elements that each speech possesses. Using a graphic organizer, they analyze, synthesize and evaluate each work. They finish by presenting a debate arguing either for or against the speech contents.
Students complete a unit on Black History Month. They explore various websites, develop a timeline of Dr. King's life, create a travel brochure for the King Center, design a commercial starring Jesse Owens, design a baseball card for Jackie Robinson, and create a poster illustrating an African American woman's accomplishments.
Young scholars identify the main points and unique qualities of the "I Have a Dream" speech and write their own speech. In this "I Have a Dream" lesson, students read the speech and discuss why the speech was written and the historical context. Young scholars use a handout to assist them as they write their own speech.
High schoolers discover the accomplishments of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr. In this social justice lesson, students watch "Freedom Fighters," and then read speeches or writings made by each of the men. High schoolers write compare and contrast essays about Mandela and King.
Learners explore racism in America by researching historic victories for equality. In this African American leaders lesson, students discuss the contributions Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. made while reading a timeline. Learners listen to King's "I Have a Dream" speech on the Internet.