“Letter from Birmingham Jail” – Activity

"Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly." This line from Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" is the focus of a directed reading activity that asks individuals to identify King's argument and to categorize the support he offers. To conclude the exercise, participants reflect on what they consider King's best support for his philosophy and then state their own position.

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Pros

  • The graphic organizers are structured in such a way that users can easily identify the logical progression of the speech as well as the various types of appeals King uses
Cons

  • The worksheet assumes that users have had experience identifying and categorizing arguments as well as identifying supporting materials