"I Have a Dream" Speech Teacher Resources

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Martin Luther King Jr. lesson plans can provide a way to delve into history and a discussion of what it takes to make a difference.
Students investigate equality by reading a historical fiction book in class.  In this civil rights activity, students read the story Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry with their classmates and define the Jim Crow Laws that kept blacks imprisoned in the United States.  Students analyze Martin Luther King Jr. speeches
Learners learn about equality, justice and fairness. In this equality lesson, students experience what it feels like to be treated unequally. Learners 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.
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.
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.
Learners examine traditional roles of women. In this women's history lesson, students compare and contrast roles of women, analyze challenges of women, write about their own dreams, and discuss how women are portrayed in society.
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech can inspire students to explore the world of rhetoric.
Eighth graders complete a unit of lessons on the period of time from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights movement. They analyze and interpret political cartoons and editorials, conduct research on famous civil rights places, and complete writing assignments.
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. If intending to use this with younger learners, you will need to modify the assignments. 
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.
First graders discuss Martin Luther King Jr. and his accomplishments. In this African American history lesson, 1st graders research Martin Luther King Jr. by using various resources. Students compose their own version of his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Third graders explore civil rights by researching the late Dr. King. In this African American leader lesson plan, 3rd graders read the book Martin's Big Words which explore the foundation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s principals and idealism. Students write short biographies about Dr. King and a research paper demonstrating the impact of his life and history.
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. 
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.
Students investigate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In this civil rights instructional activity, students gain information about civil rights, the Montgomery Alabama bus boycott and the sacrifices people made for equal rights.
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 use flip video cameras to film a speech about the 'I Have a Dream' speech. In this poetry and speech lesson, students listen to the speech from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Young scholars memorize part of the speech.
Students work as partners to study Dr. Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech. In this African American history lesson, students work with their cross-grade partner to study, understand, and memorize the speech. Students meet with their cross-grade buddy and brainstorm 10 things to make the world better. Students film each other reciting their section of the speech.

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