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MLK Day Lesson

MLK Day Lesson

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In this free lesson by TCI, students study excerpts from the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. and use images to show progress (or lack of) towards that dream. Students are then challenged to create their own photo collage on one of the excerpts from Dr. King's speech.
In this free lesson by TCI, students study excerpts from the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. and use images to show progress (or lack of) towards that dream. Students are then challenged to create their own photo collage on one of the excerpts from Dr. King's speech.

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M L K D A Y L E S S O N
L E S S O N
In twodays
Dreams Progress
How much progress have we made towards the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? 
Overview
Students study excerpts from the famous “I Have aDream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. and use
images to show progress (or lack of) towards that dream.
Preview
 
Students watch/listen to Dr. King’s “I Have aDream” speech and answer questions.
 
Activity
In a Social Studies Skill Builder, students areassigned an excerpt from the speech. Pairs work togetherto find an image to showcase that depicts progress (orlack of) towards that dream. Pairs then travel to see allthe excerpts and images created. In a whole class debrief using a human spectrum, students evaluate the total levelof progress.
Processing
Individually, students choose any excerptfrom the speech and create a photo collage.
Objectives
 
In the course of this lesson and participating in theclassroom activity, students will
 
analyze the “I Have a Dream” speech.
 
select modern images of American society that depictprogress, or lack thereof, towards a portion of 
Dr. King’s dream.
 
discuss the importance of this speech and the impactDr. King has had on our society.
Materials
Video of MLK’s “I Have aDream” speech.
 
Copies of Student Notebook Guide
 – 
1 for each student
Access to photo website likewww.flickr.com 
Cardstock to mount imagesor print images on
 – 
1 foreach pair of students.
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P r o c e d u r e s
Preview
Suggested time: 20 minutes
1.Greet students at the door.
Distribute a copy of 
Student Notebook Guide
to students as theyenter the room.
 2.Play video and have students analyze speech.
Play
the video of the “I Have a Dream” speech for the
students and have them analyze the speech while thevideo is playing. The video is about 17 minutes long.
3.Debrief the video and speech.
Ask the students aseries of questions to debrief the speech.
What is the subject of Dr. King’s speech?
 
How would you describe the background?
What is the most memorable moment for you?
How much progress has our nation madetowards the dream of Dr. King?
Skill Builder
Suggested time: 60-80 minutes
1.Place students into pairs.
Group studentsheterogeneously into pairs.
 2.Explain the purpose of the activity.
Project
 Directions on Creating a Placar
(from StudentNotebook Guide) to students and tell them that this
lesson is intended to examine excerpts of Dr. King’s
speech. Pairs will be assigned one excerpt and willfind a current image that shows progress or lack 
thereof towards that goal. Once they’ve completed
their excerpt, pairs will see all the excerpts andimages. At the end of the activity students will begiven the opportunity to share their thoughts througha human spectrum activity.
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Student Notebook GuideDirections on Creating aPlacard
© Teachers’ Curriculum Institute
 
 
P r o c e d u r e s
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3.Assign excerpts.
Assign each pair one of the
excerpts from Dr. King’s speech. Make sure students
understand any words that they are unfamiliar with.Have a dictionary and thesaurus available forstudents.
4.Have pairs visit a photo website to find currentimages related to excerpt.
Pairs should visit awebsite such aswww.flickr.comor Google Images tolook for photos that are related to their excerpt.Encourage students to find five or six suitable imagesthat show progress or lack of progress.
5.Have pairs select one image for their excerpt.
 Pairs should decide which image best illustrates theirview of the level of progress made. Pairs should printthe image large enough to mount on a piece of cardstock.
6.Have pairs create a placard.
Distribute a piece of cardstock to each pair. Tell them to mount the printedimage on the placard and to neatly write the entireexcerpt underneath. On the back of the placard, pairsshould explain in a brief paragraph why they selectedthe image.
7.Hang all placards on wall.
Arrange all placards onthe walls around the room. Make sure to leaveenough space for pairs to examine the placards andtake notes while there.
8.Have pairs examine all placards.
Have pairs travelto each of the placards and complete the ExcerptMatrix. You might consider setting a timer for twominutes per station to keep students moving.
 
Going DigitalSuggestion
Instead of a print dictionary orthesaurus, have the students usethe internet and sites likehttp://visuwords.comto find themeaning of key vocabulary.
 
Want to know moreabout Skill Builders?
To learn more about this lessonstrategy and how to get themost out of it, visitTeacherGenius and viewsubmissions:http://teachergenius.teachtci.com/social-studies-skill-builder-2/  .Excerpt Matrix
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