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Grade: all
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#4558. Analyze Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a Dream" speech and

, level: all
Posted Mon Apr 25 10:11:29 PDT 2011 by Kristin Lovenberg (Kristin Lovenberg).
New Jersey
Materials Required: Pre-cut string for each student
Activity Time: 2 class periods (at least)
Concepts Taught: Analyze Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a Dream" speech and create their own dreams for their world

Day One:

Anticipatory Set:

I will complete a KWL chart with the students. I will begin by asking students what they already know about Martin Luther King Jr. I will encourage students to think about what they learned yesterday by referring them to yesterday's KWL chart. Once We completed the know and learn sections, I will ask students if they have heard of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech". I will ask students what they know about it and add it to the KWL chart is necessary.

Present Material:

I will show students the full "I Have a Dream" speech on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbUtL_0vAJk. Students will have the words of this speech to follow along with. Since students will clearly have a difficult time understanding this speech, I will stop the speech and decipher important parts


Once the speech is over I will write the word 'dream' on the board. I will ask students to define the word dream. I will create a stem chart to branch off clouds. I will then ask students some things that Martin Luther King Jr wanted to accomplish or "dreamed". I will pick one suggestion and draw a picture. Under the picture I will dictate the dream. Then I will write an example of something Martin Luther King Jr did to accomplish his dream.

Guided Practice:

I will hand students the "I Have a Dream" worksheet. I will review instructions and complete another example of a dream on the board with the help of the class. On this worksheet, there will be instructions for our "I Have a Dream" mobiles. Students will be asked to create their own dream for our school, community, country, and world. The will have to complete a dream cloud for each dream. On the cloud they must draw a picture of what they dream, dictate the dream underneath the picture, and on the back explain what they can do to accomplish their dream.

Independent Practice:

During the remainder of the period, students will complete their dream clouds. They may use any books, newspapers, computers, etc. in the classroom. This class period will be used for students to research dreams and create their rough draft.


Students will pair up with a student near them They will share their dream worksheets with one another. I will ask each pair to share a dream with the class.

Day Two:

Anticipatory Set: I will reengage students by asking students to brainstorm what they remember about the "I Have a Dream" speech. I will write responses on he board.

Present Material: I will pass out the dream worksheets that I collected the previous day, I will reread the directions and explain that once students get their draft approved by me, they can start to create their mobile.

Model: I will show students a completed mobile that I made. My dreams will be about Martin Luther King Jr.

Guided Practice: Once students get their drafts approved by me, I will hand out their supplies and assist as needed.

Independent Practice: Independently, I will allow students to create their Dream Mobiles.

Closure: I will ask students to all write down something they have learned about MLK. I will write responses on the L section of the board.