This common core unit has been developed to guide students in a close reading of the famous speech, “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr. The activities follow a carefully developed set of four steps of critical reading that assist students in increasing their familiarity and understanding of King’s speech. The activities are all text based. The first step is for students to do a “cold” read of the speech. The second step is designed to give the students another opportunity to interact with the text via a student reading guide that aids with comprehension to help determine what the author is saying? A teacher key is included. (Key Ideas and Details)
The next step focuses on how did the author say it? (Craft and Structure) This activity focuses on identifying and analyzing the rhetorical devices used by King. The student and teacher discussion guides have annotations in the margins and a color coded underlined text. There are three different formats with student and teacher keys. Using this activity helps the students understand the speech better and aids them with analyzing what King was saying. The students can literally see the power of a “colorful speech”.
The last step is to evaluate the power and impact of the rhetorical devices and compose a five paragraph reflection paper. (Integration of Knowledge and Ideas) A writing template is provided in two formats and a teacher sample. This resource packet has a total of 76 pages that are common core ready for the classroom.