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"I Have A Dream"

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"I Have A Dream"

  1. 1. I Have A Dream - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. THE QUESTION: What is the importance of this dream? To understand the significance of this famous speech, you must read several main excerpts and determine: - What words and ideas speak to you personally about civil rights, equality, and our society *AND* - How would our society be different if we didn’t have people like Dr. King and other civil rights advocates?
  2. 2. For the full text of the speech, refer to this website: THE INFORMATION SOURCES: See above for the URL to the speech Read all but FOCUS ON lines from : “Let us not wallow in the valley of despair . . . “ TO THE SECOND “I have a dream today!”
  3. 3. THE STUDENT ACTIVITY: *What words and ideas speak to you personally about civil rights, equality, and our society?* JOT DOWN some of the key terms and what you think they mean. FOR EXAMPLE: American Dream – Opportunity, freedom, success, etc. THINK ABOUT: How are these terms important to Civil Rights?
  4. 4. The Assessment Activity: Now write a letter to Dr. King. * * * - Tell him why you think his speech is important and what it means to you! * * * *Be sure to mention how you think our society would be different if the Civil Rights Movement never took place!*
  5. 5. Enrichment Activities To learn more about Dr. King or to read OR HEAR more of his speeches, use the following websites as sources: aureates/1964/king-bio.html 0th/speeches.html OR do your own research in libraries or on the net!
  6. 6. Teacher Support Materials State standards addressed by this lesson: CONNECTICUT Historical Thinking – f. use primary source documents to analyze multiple perspectives Local, US, and World History – c. explain relationships among the events and trends studied in local, national and world history. Historical Themes – e. describe, explain and analyze political, economic and social consequences that came about as the resolution of a conflict Applying History – a. initiate questions and hypotheses about historic events they are studying