Making the Case for Equality: A Comparison

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Martin Luther King Jr's " I Have a Dream" speech and Atticus Finch's closing argument during the trial of Tom Robinson both address the societal need to overcome racism. After examining the rhetorical devices and figurative language used in both speeches, individuals craft an argument for which text builds a more persuasive case for changing the pattern of systemic discrimination.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Show the scene from the 1962 film version of To Kill A Mockingbird in which Atticus Finch delivers his closing argument 
  • Include the lesson in a unit study of To Kill a Mockingbird
Classroom Considerations
  • The fifth in a series of six related resources
  • Class members should have prior knowledge of rhetorical devices and persuasive techniques
  • Make sure the class members understand that the version of the"I Have a Dream" speech they will be reading is not the one delivered during the March on Washington
  • The text of both speeches is included in the resource
  • For homework, individuals craft their own speech on injustice identifying inequalities and solutions

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