This well-organized “I Dream” poetry and speech analysis resource consists of teaching slides as well as 20 analysis tasks. Students identify, explain, and citing text evidence concerning theme, mood, tone, main idea, point of view, personification, simile, metaphor, symbolism, imagery, key vocabulary, and rhyme scheme. In addition, students draw conclusions, make inferences, and use context clues. The analysis tasks are centered around four literary texts to include three dream related poems by Langston Hughes and one excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The activities in this resource are aligned with 5th-10th grade Common Core Standards.
One option is to use the resource as a no-prep PowerPoint slide show. Students complete the 20 tasks in sequence as each slide is projected on a screen. Another option is to use the slides as task cards. This option requires little preparation. Simply print the slides as 20 literary analysis task cards and display them in a literacy center over a 5-8 day period.
The 46-slide literary analysis resource consists of the following:
*20 poetry and speech analysis slides
*20 poetry and speech analysis tasks cards
*A scaffolded analysis of Langston Hughes’ poems “Dreams,” “What Happens to a Dream Deferred,” and “I Dream a World”
*A scaffolded analysis of an excerpt from the “I Have a Dream Speech” by Martin Luther King, Jr.
*4 cloze activities with Langston Hughes poems and Martin Luther King, Jr. speech excerpt
*A review of main idea, theme, mood, tone, personification, simile, metaphor, symbolism, imagery, rhyme scheme, vocabulary, and transitional words
*Resource options and ideas
*A scaffolded paragraph writing assignment comparing and contrasting a poem with a speech excerpt
*Paragraph writing rubric
*Strategies for a more effective poem analysis
*Templates for students to record answers
*Comparison and contrast literary analysis graphic organizer
The resource was primarily designed to be used with middle and high school students; however, with appropriate scaffolding, upper elementary students would benefit from sections of the resource.
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CCSS Aligned “I Dream” Poetry and Speech Analysis Activities
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