Lesson Plan

Teaching American History for All

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Although Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X both work for equal rights, social change, and political empowerment, their approaches were radically different. To better understand these contrasts, class members compare King's "I Have a Dream Speech" to X's "God's Judgment" speech. Using the included materials, instructors model how to compare and contrast King's and X's views.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Introduce or review rhetorical devices found in persuasive speeches prior to this lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Presumes class members have previously studied President Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
  • The text of the two speeches are printed side-by-side on a handout
  • An annotated teacher copy of the two speeches is included
  • Sentence frames are provided for the paragraph contrast essay
  • None
Common Core