Analyzing Language in a Speech: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Speech

Scholars analyze the use of active and passive voice in The Montgomery Bus Boycott speech and refer to an Active and Passive Sentences handout while viewing the text. Pairs of learners then work together to identify passive and active sentences. Afterward, they listen to the speech on an audio recording as they complete organizers and use Turn and Talk strategies to discuss the audio. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Analyze other speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson six of 20 in the unit Grade 8 ELA Module 3B, Unit 2 playlist
  • Uses a document camera and an online audio recording
  • Includes teacher notes with tips and ideas to enhance the lesson
  • Offers ideas for English learners
  • None
Common Core