"I Have a Dream" Speech Teacher Resources

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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.
Learners 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. Learners 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.
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.
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.
In this future time reading comprehension worksheet, students read an excerpt from "I Have a Dream" and then respond to 3 multiple choice questions.
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 lesson.
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 lesson as written, you will need to buy three additional texts.   
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. 
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 instructional activity into a research paper which requires middle schoolers to use textual evidence to support their arguments.
Students read Martin Luther King, Jr's speech that he gave in Washington. They identify the social conditions that led to the civil rights movement. They discuss the significance of the March on Washington.
High schoolers discuss Public Enemy's lyrics and compare and contrast them with songs popular during the Civil Rights Movement. They write their own rap song that expresses feelings of oppression or freedom from oppression.

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