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"I Have a Dream" Poster



  • Arts & Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • U.S. History


  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

After studying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, students create a poster about their dreams for the future.



  • define the word dream,
  • study Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech,
  • create a time capsule of their dreams for the future.


Dr. Martin Luther King, poster, dream, future

Materials Needed

  • copy of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech from a print, an audio, a visual, or an online source
  • paper
  • pens or pencils
  • different colored construction paper or tagboard
  • markers, crayons, or paint

Lesson Plan

  • Briefly review information about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Have students study and discuss the text of King's "I Have a Dream" speech from a library, media, or online source. A copy of the text of this speech can be found at I Have a Dream.
  • Discuss the meaning of the word dream. Ask students to think about Dr. King's dreams and their own dreams for the future. Ask students to write a few sentences or a short paragraph about their dreams.
  • Distribute construction paper or tagboard and art materials so students can create a poster with an image and words to depict their dreams.
  • Have students share their finished posters with the class. Display the posters on the classroom wall or in the hallway.

Variation for younger students: Have the class work together to create one or several posters about their future dreams.


Evaluate students' posters.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis


Last updated 1/11/2017