Excerpt from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “We Shall Overcome” Speech (March 1965)
This close reading assignment uses a famous speech in history to provide a challenging text for readers to practice the skills and strategies of reading. It can be used for homework or classwork and allows students to practice the following:
1. Fluency (primarily pacing) with a parent/guardian or friend.
2. Vocabulary with the use of context clues.
3. Comprehension strategies/ habits (questioning, clarifying, summarizing, predicting, inferencing.
4. Short response comprehension skills with analysis and evaluation.
The teacher could assign the whole sheet or just particular sections. Feel free to make changes to any of the verbiage to fit your needs.