"I Have a Dream" Speech Teacher Resources

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Students explore racism in America by researching historic victories for equality. In this African American leaders lesson, students discuss the contributions Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. made while reading a timeline. Students listen to King's "I Have a Dream" speech on the Internet.
Fifth graders discuss the importance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and reflect on civic responsibilities. They brainstorm ways in which they can help to fulfill Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of equality among all people. Students write down what they are doing and discuss with the class.
Students listen to Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. They create their own cloud and write a dream they have for the world inside. They write journal entries on how to treat others fairly.
Students evaluate the Kennedy Administration's involvement in the civil rights movement. In this Civil rights lesson, students read and take notes from speeches connected to the historic March on Washington from the National Archives in a jigsaw format. Students write editorial articles from the perspective of different newspapers commenting on the speeches.
Students discuss the U.S. electoral process and brainstorm solutions to increase voter turnout in their community. In this democratic citizenship lesson, students identify keywords in speech and video related to freedom of speech and discuss scenarios related to equity and voting rights. After implementing one of the plans, students reflect and assess their learning through partner interviews.
Twelfth graders summarize sections of the Declaration of Independence and share their interpretations with classmates. They write essays on the Declaration or an essay tracing the rights of minorities from the Revolution to the present.
Who do your scholars imagine when they think about the civil rights movement? If only a few faces come to mind, this instructional activity 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.
For this future time reading comprehension worksheet, students read an excerpt from "I Have a Dream" and then respond to 3 multiple choice questions.
Students explore the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. In this civil rights lesson, students utilize their computer skill as they compose "I have a dream" statements.
Jonathan Edwards' "Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God" and Anne Bradstreet's "Upon the Burning of Our House" provide learners with an opportunity to develop their close reading skills. Groups identify the figurative language and appeals the writers use to express their beliefs on a similar theme. As a culminating activity, individuals craft a comparative essay. The packet includes detailed instructions for the activities, handouts, an essay model, rubric, and links to the literary works. The first in a three-lesson unit that explores how different American writers view the issues of individual freedom and tolerance.
Key in the struggle to gain the rights of democratic citizenship was the April 1963 arrest of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for civil disobedience. To deepen their knowledge and understanding of events during the civil rights movement, class members examine several primary source documents, including King’s letter written while he was incarcerated in the Birmingham jail. Learners then prepare for and engage in a Socratic seminar that focuses on King’s letter. The two-day plan ends with individuals crafting a reflection on civil disobedience.
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 activity.
Here is a fantastic resource on the civil rights movement! It includes reading materials and worksheets, and particularly highlights major legislation and the role of the judicial branch in the federal government in addressing the violation of individual rights.
Kick-start Black History Month with a fantastic resource that blends a study of prominent African American leaders in history with information on different religions. Beginning with a brainstorm and then leading into a collaborative timeline activity, your class members will break into groups and read and research the biographical and historical information of such noteworthy figures as Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the influence of their religious beliefs on their activism and their contributions to society. They will then arrange themselves into chronological order according to the accomplishments of the figures they researched and peer-teach their group's findings to their classmates.
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.
Use the entire study guide or pick and choose your favorite parts to support instruction of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The packet includes background notes, vocabulary, and a review guide that covers characters, setting, plot, irony, and symbolism with questions organized into chapters.
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.
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.
Investigate a real life historical controversy! It has become common knowledge that fugitive slaves outlined their routes to freedom in quilts using elaborate colors and patterns, but is it fact or folklore? After discussing terms like historical fiction. folklore, and, triangulation, your young historians are ready to examine primary and secondary sources in order to come to their own conclusion. Included here are two articles on the subject and a worksheet of questions to help your class focus their research. However, in order to complete this instructional activity as written, you will need to buy three additional texts.   
An image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a line from his famous “I Have A Dream” speech will inspire your pupils to look beyond skin color and consider the character of others.
  • Enlarge to poster size and laminate the the image for permanent display

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