To complete this activity, the students are to:
- Read and or view and listen to Rev. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Two URLs are included-one to read and the other to listen and view.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs(View and Listen)
- Explain what aspects of his speech have come true in the 40+ years since it was delivered
- Choose a character from the story that they are currently reading and summarize what he/she would say about the speech.
- Write an "I Have a Dream" speech from the point of view of that character. This speech must show the societal values and beliefs of the time period in which the story takes place.
With this lesson, students will exhibit their range of thinking skills from knowledge through evaluation. These activities allow them to show their understanding of their reading from various texts as well as to reveal their analytic and critical-thinking skills in their writing and speaking.
The speech writing aspect of this lesson helps students to understand Voice because the thoughts, beliefs and feelings that they express are not theirs, but are owned by the character they have chosen to speak. In order to compose this speech, the students show how clearly they can analyze this literary person.
On the due date, students have the opportunity to share a portion of their writing with their peers.
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