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First graders research Martin Luther King and his accomplishments. Using the internet, 1st graders participate in activities to examine Martin Luther King's life. They participate in a class discussion of all research findings. Students compose their own version of his famous "I have a dream" speech.
Examine three speeches while teaching Aristotle's appeals. Over the course of three days, class members will fill out a graphic organizer about ethos, pathos, and logos, complete an anticipatory guide, read speeches by Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy, and George Wallace with small groups, share their findings using the jigsaw strategy, and wrap up with a poster project and individual writing. Materials, ideas for differentiation, and routines are included in this strong, collaborative, and focused Common Core designed lesson.
What is liberty rhetoric? Examine how people have used it in four different time periods and situations. High schoolers investigate original source documents and compare them with the Declaration of Independence to decide how liberty rhetoric is used over time. Essential historical questions, learning targets (keywords, essentially), and possible resources are included.
Looking for an estimation activity a bit more involved than the typical "guess the number of jellybeans in the jar" game? Here, learners use a picture to estimate the number of people at a large event, look for potential problems with surveys, and use HTML codes to estimate the number of pages on the web. It can easily be adapted to accommodate other grade levels. Part of the activity requires Internet access and knowledge of Python 2.7 or Sage.
Looking for some ideas of how to lead a meaningful study of Martin Luther King, Jr.? Then this PowerPoint is for you. The presentation outlines a five-day unit of study on the great man. Pupils are introduced to his history, his role in the Civil Rights Movement, some of his speeches, several photographs, and the events leading up to his death. Excellent!
Young readers explore philanthropy and its effects on the public good. They discuss athletes and their examples as philanthropists. They research a sports hero and play "The Match Game" to determine what they know about other sports heroes. They discuss National Philanthropy Day and ways to celebrate it. Extend this lesson into a research paper which requires middle schoolers to use textual evidence to support their arguments.
No need to look any further. This resource has everything for a solid exploration of the role of African Americans in the Vietnam War. Class members read primary sources, including a Martin Luther King speech, political cartoons of the era, as well as a comic book. All of the discussion questions are included as are the materials. In the end, 11th graders create an informational flyer for King's April 4th, 1967 speech. It includes a synthesis of information they learned throughout.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech, "I Have a Dream," is one of the most famous in United States history, but why was it so effective? Ask your class to determine the answer to this question. While the resource includes a description of the literary devices and how Dr. King employs these to strengthen his speech, class members might need more instruction on what to take notes on as they listen. Test the standard briefly before or after analysis with the provided quiz.
A reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech launches a study of rhetorical devices such as hyperbole, allusion, metaphor, simile, personification, connotative language and parallel structure. Class members then craft an essay in which they explain how King uses these devices to help him achieve his purpose.
Class members may "think themselves accurs'd" when they first hear of an assignment that asks them to create a motivational speech. After studying the Saint Crispin's Day speech from Shakespeare's Henry V; however, they will count themselves the "happy few." Extensions and a list of additional motivational speeches to use as comparisons are included.
We're going way back to the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s to discuss pop culture, entertainment, and social dance. Kids discuss the top headlines from those time periods and how music, culture, and dance influence each other and evolve over time. They then predict how social dance will evolve in the future.
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. After groups present their findings the class watches a video of King delivering his famous speech.
Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech provides the impetus for a persuasive speech lesson. Class members listen to this famous speech while looking at photos of King taken while he delivered the speech. After discussing the text of the speech and the passion King presented when he delivered it, young orators craft and deliver their own. While the link to the referenced photos seems to be broken, the images are readily available on-line.
A well-designed, up-to-date lesson on blogging awaits your 6th graders. They create a persuasive podcast. Next, they listen to effective and ineffective podcasts, and discuss "what works" in a podcast. They also watch a commercial from the most recent Super Bowl, and discuss the reasons why the commercial is persuasive. Then, individuals choose from a variety of topics, and create a persuasive podcast regarding the topic. Excellent lesson!