Making Evidence-Based Claims: MLK, Barack Obama

Teach high schoolers how to write arguments and support them with Martin Luther King Jr's Nobel Prize acceptance speech and Barack Obama's Nobel lecture as models. A language arts unit includes multiple strategies and careful scaffolding of individual skills as pupils learn to incorporate textual evidence into their writing.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Structure the independent reading lesson as a reader's workshop and present a reading strategy to help with informational texts 
  • Consider watching Obama deliver his lecture to mix media
Classroom Considerations

  • Have a strategy ready to address difficult vocabulary within the speeches

  • The two speeches within the resource are canonical and rigorous, simulating an end-of-the-year state test
  • The resource has suggested assessment options and tips for instruction

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