Dream Under Development

As part of their study of the 1963 March on Washington, class members do a side-by-side comparison of the original text of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech" with a transcript of the speech he delivered. The take away from the lesson is that great preparation permits speakers to be in the moment and adjust their presentation to fit the needs of the situation.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask class members to share stories of when they or someone they know changed a plan based on what they observed at the moment
Classroom Considerations
  • The link to the side by side comparison of the speech King wrote and the speech he delivered does not work; instructors must purchase Drew D. Hansen's The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr and the Speech That Inspired a Nation
  • Pupils should have prior knowledge of rhetorical devices as well as the Civil Rights Movement
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  • The plan offers a variety of options for conducting the activity
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