Lesson Plan

8th Grade English - 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 7th Hour Overarching Theme:
Making Connections

Goals:
1. To aid students in understanding the conflicts of diversity during the 1950’s / 60’s 2. To educate students on the non-violence platform of Martin Luther King 3. To increase the students comprehension of the I Have A Dream speech

Objectives – Students will be able to:
• • • • • Understand issues of segregation Discern Martin Luther King’s “Dream” Increase prior knowledge Participate in group discussion and opinion sharing Identify change in outlook on diversity in 1960’s United States

Lesson Title:
“I Have A Dream” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

Standards:
• • • • [Strand 1 Meaning and Communication, Content Standard 3, Benchmark 4] [Strand 2 Language, Content Standard 4, Benchmark 1] [Strand 2 Language, Content Standard 4, Benchmark 4] [Strand 6 Genre and Craft of Language, Content Standard 8, Benchmark 4]

Materials:
• • • • • • • Elements of Literature book Elements of Literature workbook Paper Pens / Pencils Video – “I Have A Dream” ~Martin Luther King Technology (DVD Player, Television) Other materials as needed

Procedures:
Pre-Activity: 1. Students will write a journal entry answering the question “What are you dreams for yourself and the country? Why?” 2. Students will write a journal entry answering the question “What do you know about MLK?” 3. Students will write a journal entry answering the question “How do you think people reacted to MLK’s speech? Blacks? Whites? Expand upon this thought” 4. Students will write a journal entry answering the question “Why do you think that MLK’s methods of protest were successful? How did people react differently compared to protests given by other groups?” During-Activity: 1. Students will discuss journal entries for 5 – 10 minutes after completion. 2. Workbook pg. 212, and then discuss responses. 3. Read aloud “I Have A Dream” by Martin Luther King using the “popcorn” method of reading aloud, pausing periodically to discuss pertinent points within the speech. 4. After reading aloud, students will begin working on pages 214, 215, and 217 in their workbooks on their own. When they complete those, they can work in groups of 3 – 4 on pg. 216 in their workbook. 5. Students will watch a video clip of “I Have A Dream”, and then write another 1 – 2 pg. response about what they saw and their feelings. 6. Students will begin a vocabulary sheet in which they will have to define each word and provide two examples of that word in sentences. 7. Students will listen to the song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by Gil Scott Heron and then write a 1-2 pg response comparing / contrasting “Dream” and “Revolution”. Post-Activity: 1. Students will have a quiz at the end of the lesson that will re-review the material the covered and reinforce their understanding of the concepts discussed.

Classroom Management:
1. 2. 3. 4. Standard and small group seating arrangements Group and individual assignments Give respect to others Expect all students to complete assignments

References:

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Elements of Literature Textbook Elements of Literature Workbook Teacher’s Notes “I Have A Dream” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. video

Assessment:
• • • • • Journal Prompts Reading aloud / Discussion Vocabulary worksheet Workbook worksheets Quiz

Rubrics:
Journal Prompts Reading Aloud / Discussion Vocabulary Worksheet Workbook worksheets Quiz 0 – 6 points each 0 – 6 points 0 – 6 points 0 – 6 points each 30 points

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