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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