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"I Have a Dream" Speech Teacher Resources
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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." Differentiate instruction by assigning documents according to literacy levels. The class reviews an excerpt from the "I Have a Dream" speech, and fills in a worksheet. The worksheet link is down.
Students write their own speech about their hopes and dreams and deliver it to the class. In this "I Have a Dream" lesson, students create a speech using the Martin Luther King, Jr. speech as a model and for inspiration. Students deliver their speeches to the class, who will critique and evaluate the speeches.
Wow! Contained within this PowerPoint is not just one great activity or lesson, but five. Each lesson relates to the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King and covers a different writing or research skill. Students will determine fact or opinion, research places important to MLK, write an 'I Have a Dream' speech, place his life's events in chronological order, and evaluate web sites for bias. This is a great resource.
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.
Students hypothesize how dreams serve as a motivation for change and examine how historians manipulate historical information. They analyze Howard Zinn's beliefs about the role of the historian and reflect upon Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Each student creates/builds their own Mobile Dreams.