"I Have a Dream" Speech Teacher Resources
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High schoolers write a speech. In this dreams lesson, students define the word dreams and list their own dreams. High schoolers 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.
Upon the Clouds of Equality: King Day
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.
America's Civil Rights Movement
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.
Following Our Dreams
Young scholars 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.
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. Students can use the Visual Thesaurus to find the meanings, but it's not necessary.
Reconstruction to Civil Rights
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.
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. If intending to use this with younger learners, you will need to modify the assignments.
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.
Civil Rights Wax Museum Project
Fifth graders explore the important figures of the Civil Rights movement by completing a research project. In this African American activist lesson plan, 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.
Understanding Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Third graders explore civil rights by researching the late Dr. King. In this African American leader instructional activity, 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.
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. They finish by presenting a debate arguing either for or against the speech contents.
"I Believe..." Podcast Style
Use this communication skills lesson plan 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.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Students investigate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In this civil rights lesson, students gain information about civil rights, the Montgomery Alabama bus boycott and the sacrifices people made for equal rights.
Black History Month - Past to Present
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.
Write Your Own "I Have a Dream" Speech
Students listen to King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. They use a fill-in-the-blanks worksheet to express their dreams for the world in a format similar to King's speech.
I Have a Dream
Students 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. Students memorize part of the speech.
A Raisin in the Sun: Vocabulary Bingo
Students study A Raisin in the Sun. Students study new vocabulary through a game of bingo. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech "I Have a Dream" as a supplementary text. Students create their own bingo cards.
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.
Portrait of The African American Family
Students examine how African American families were affected by slavery. As a class, they watch and read King's "I Have a Dream Speech" and write a paper on how this message relates to families. In their journals, they compare and contrast their ideas of slavery to actual accounts. To end the lesson plan, they discuss if King's dream has been achieved in the United States or if there is still more to be done.
We Have a Dream....
Young scholars examine Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. In this community-building lesson plan, students utilize camcorders to create a montage of the dreams of young scholars in their community.