Practice analyzing text to locate figurative language and persuasive technique using the famous "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
*A page of pre-reading/essential questions to set a purpose for reading and build background knowledge and vocabulary.
*Copy of the speech text for ease of implementation. No digging for a resource!
*Quick Check page with comprehension questions and a 20 word summary prompt.
*Figurative Language page requiring students to locate two examples of each type of figurative language found in the speech.
*Persuasive Technique page requiring students to match a given example to each persuasive technique, then find another example of each from the speech.
*Responding to Text page with two prompts requiring students to respond critically to the speech.
Lesson could be used over a period of two days to one week, depending on the level of your students and the length of your class period each day.
A sample pacing:
Day 1: Set purpose for reading, establish background, review vocabulary, do a silent reading of the speech.
Day 2: Review vocabulary, do a close read of the speech as a group. Assign the quick check as homework/independent work.
Day 3: Mini-lessons on figurative language. Students analyze the text for the types of figurative language.
Day 4: Mini-lessons on persuasive techniques. Students analyze the text for the persuasive techniques covered in the handout.
Day 5: Reread speech and discuss importance in history. Assign reading response prompts.