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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Brief Description

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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Materials Needed


Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech

Lesson Plan

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.

Lesson Plan Source

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Last updated 1/18/2017