Each year I see students excited for a three day weekend for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, many ask why we have Monday off. Too often teachers skip teaching anything about the civil rights movement or the reason for the day because of the absence from school. I wanted to give students the chance to talk about the day off. I wanted my students to experience the power of language and speech. Each year upon returning from our three day weekend I cover a quick history of the civil rights movement, we talk about why we have the day off and we listen to an excerpt from MLKJr’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. We analyze this speech using poetry and figurative language. I have used the “I Have a Dream” speech for Found Poetry and Black Out Poetry. I am including instruction for both types of poems in this packet. I hope you enjoy this take on finding power in words!
This resource includes the following:
-Teacher explanation of lesson
-Found Poetry Directions
-Blackout Poetry Directions
-Copy of the full speech
-Link to a modified speech featuring excerpts
-Link to a video of the speech
-Student Examples of Blackout Poetry
I hope you find this to be a useful resource for your ELA classroom!