Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream"

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech "I Have A Dream" is hailed as one of the most eloquent and moving speeches of the 20th century. But what makes his words hit his listeners' ears in just the right ways? Young orators study Dr. King's delivery and tone with both the text and a video of the speech.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use during Black History Month or in a unit about the movement for civil rights
  • Bring into a forensics and debate class when focusing on tone and delivery
  • Send the worksheet home for learners to work on before instruction the next day
  • Play the video in class twice, with one viewing including the transcript so pupils can discern the tone
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires Internet access to view the video
  • Video begins with a short ad that you can skip after a few seconds
  • Worksheet format makes the assignment an effective homework assignment
  • Designed for Common Core speaking and listening standards
  • None
Common Core