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The 1963 March on Washington, powerfully punctuated by Martin Luther King's impassioned "I Have a Dream" speech, was instrumental in passing the Civil Rights Act just one year later. A reading assignment presents the written speech alongside five questions on content, message, and structure.
- Use in a study on the civil rights movement or during Black History Month
- Have class members watch the speech after reading it, and discuss the effectiveness of each medium
- Project the speech onto the wall and prompt class members to note the figurative language, including extended metaphors
- Attached versions of the resource paraphrase the speech into different Lexile® levels, which makes the central message more accessible, but takes away from King's famous, eloquent wording
- Questions connect to Common Core standards for informational text
- Multiple versions make it easy to differentiate within the same classroom