Dreams for the World

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech "I Have a Dream" is the focus of a lesson plan that challenges scholars to reflect on the famous work then compose a piece of their own. A whole-class discussion delves deep into the speech, taking a close look at the cause Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for and share parts that were most memorable to them. In a similar persuasive style, writers draft an original speech, practice it, then present it to their peers. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct the lesson plan on Martin Luther King Jr. Day—the third Monday in January   
  • Encourage speech-makers to practice in front of the family or a mirror for homework 
  • If pupils are afraid to speak in front of their peers, give the option to record them giving their speech then play it for the class 
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson takes two class periods to complete 
  • Encourages class members to stand up for a cause 
  • Boosts public speaking skills 
  • The plan comes with differentiation and extension ideas, as well as additional resources to further the learning experience 
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