Write Your Own "I Have a Dream" Speech
|Subjects: Arts & Humanities, Civics, Holidays, Language Arts, Social Studies, U.S. History|
|Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12|
Students use a fill-in-the-blanks
worksheet to write speeches that
imitate the form and content of Dr. King's
famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
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- listen to King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
- use a fill-in-the-blanks worksheet to express their dreams for the world in a format similar to King's speech.
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Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech
Explain to students that they are going to learn about Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of the future and think about their own dreams.
- Play a recorded version of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech so students can get a sense of King's delivery and of the excitement the speech generated.
- Discuss with students King's dream for the country, and ask why people might consider the speech great. Ask students to think about their own dreams for the future.
- Have students complete the "I Have a Dream Too!" worksheet.
Students present their speeches to their classmates. Ask each student to privately grade his or her peers' speeches with a rating of 3 (good work), 4 (very good job), or 5 (superb effort). Average the peer scores to come up with each student's final grade.
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Last updated 1/18/2017
Ten Writing Prompts for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an entire day dedicated to celebrating the birthday of one of the most beloved civil rights activists in history.
One way for teachers to encourage their students to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is through writing prompts. Education World has gathered a list of writing prompts teachers can use in the classroom to remember Martin Luther King, Jr.
Journal Buddies: This site offers 61 writing prompt ideas to use on Marting Luther King, Jr. Day:
- Would you be a non-violent leader? Why or why not?
- Why is peace important?
- How does racism effect people? How does it effect you?
The Holiday Zone: Students can tackle more complicated issues with this list of writing prompts:
- Make a list of ten things that you can do to make the world a better place
- Write a paragraph explaining how discrimination and prejudice impact our world today
- Pretend that you had an opportunity to interview Dr. King. Write out five questions that you would like to ask him.
TeachHub.com: "I Have a Dream" Speech Video Writing Prompts:
Students can watch Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech", and write a prompt afterwards. This site offers different prompts for grades K-12. Here's the prompt for K-2 and 3-5:
- Martin Luther King Jr. is sharing his dream for what the world should be like. His dream was to have a fair, peaceful world where everyone is equal to one another. What would your dream world be like?
- Martin Luther King Jr. used several common writing techniques in his famous speech. Identify an example of each of the following writing techniques from the "I Have a Dream" Speech. You can refer to the full text of the speech for review:
- Repetition / Anaphora
- Quotes / Allusions
Using figurative language, Dr. King identifies clear, concrete goals he hopes this speech will help achieve. Identify at least one of those goals.
Build Creative Writing Ideas:
- What does it mean to "do the right thing?" Why do you think some people choose to do the easy thing as opposed to the right thing?
- Why do you think segregation is wrong? How would you try to convince someone in support of segregation that it was not fair? Would you be successful? Why or why not?
Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor