"I Have a Dream" Speech Teacher Resources
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Adding to the Picture: The 1963 March on Washington
Who do your scholars imagine when they think about the civil rights movement? If only a few faces come to mind, this lesson will expand their concepts of the movement's leaders. Learners examine an image of the 1963 March on Washington, then small groups jigsaw primary sources to "add to the picture.
7th - 11th Social Studies & History
Discuss race in the United States. Start by having each learner read a copy of Martin Luther King Jr's famous speech, "I Have a Dream." Then, have them read the article "Shared Prayers, Mixed Blessings" about a church in Atlanta, Georgia, and its attempt to desegregate its members, despite some negative feelings that still run deep.
5th - 12th Social Studies & History
Identifying With A Hero
Martin Luther King Jr. has inspired countless individuals throughout the years, show your students how he is a true American Hero. Students read his speech out loud then use a graphic organizer to connect Martin Luther King's dreams to the dreams they have.
6th English Language Arts
Busting the Myth of MLK Jr.
Students examine the differences between how MLK, Jr. and his famous speech are perceived and what actually happened. In this lesson on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life, students examine the simplification of MLK, Jr.'s life and famous speech and compare it to the actual history behind the man himself.
5th - 6th English Language Arts
Analyze Author's Use of Tone
A clear distinction between tone and mood (which can trip up grade-level or below-grade-level high school readers) is made here. Together, the class explores tone in student responses to a statement about drug test requirements. Then they apply what you've just practiced to the language in an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.
9th - 11th English Language Arts
Learning to Respect Each Other
Discover how important Martin Luther King Jr. is to our society. In this civil rights instructional activity, investigate how Dr. King was an advocate for nonviolence and how he fought for civil rights for all Americans. Read and analyze Dr.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
Understanding King's Use of Metaphors in the
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, learners analyze five quotes from the speech and decipher the comparison being made, as well as the message.
7th - 10th English Language Arts
Perspective on the Civil Rights and Dr. Martin Luther King's Speech
Play Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's "I Have a Dream" speech to your young learners, encouraging them to follow along with the paper copy in front of them. There are discussion questions, pictures, and a graphic organizer attached. Especially fruitful is when learners evaluate four different perspectives during the 1960s.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.
5th English Language Arts
Differentiated Language Arts
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.
4th - 8th English Language Arts
Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream"
Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech provides the text for a study of how to analyze a speaker’s content, delivery and attitude. Visual learners identify specific lines that reveal King’s purpose and point of view while auditory learners listen to an audio tape of the speech and identify vocal nuances that reveal purpose and point of view.
10th English Language Arts
I Have a Dream!
Ninth graders discover details about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. In this civil rights lesson, 9th graders examine photographs and prints of the speech delivered by King in 1963. Students discuss the content and power of King's speech.
9th Social Studies & History