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Civil Rights - Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Homeschool
Resource Type
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9 pages
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This is a full assignment on guiding students to read and analyze Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." Then students analyze the perspective of, motivations behind, and challenges faced by civil rights participants by writing their own "letter from jail."

His original letter is very long, and I have condensed it to less than two pages. Then follows vocabulary and comprehension questions.

The assignment is a creative writing piece that is constructed in an organized letter. Students must write a letter from jail as a Civil Rights Movement protestor, using evidence to support their law breaking actions. The assignment has structured steps for brainstorming and clear writing expectations.

The document includes:

-excerpt of King's letter

-vocabulary and reading questions

-writing assignment prompt and brainstorming

-writing expectations

-low example letter

-strong example letter

Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.


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