Letter from Birmingham Jail — “A Call for Unity” Discussion Activity

Letter from Birmingham Jail — “A Call for Unity” Discussion Activity
Letter from Birmingham Jail — “A Call for Unity” Discussion Activity
Letter from Birmingham Jail — “A Call for Unity” Discussion Activity
Letter from Birmingham Jail — “A Call for Unity” Discussion Activity
Letter from Birmingham Jail — “A Call for Unity” Discussion Activity
Letter from Birmingham Jail — “A Call for Unity” Discussion Activity
Letter from Birmingham Jail — “A Call for Unity” Discussion Activity
Letter from Birmingham Jail — “A Call for Unity” Discussion Activity
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In this activity students will enjoy role playing as one of the writers of “A Call for Unity,” a letter written by prominent Alabama clergymen that was the catalyst for Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

Students will learn the important skill of writing critical questions as well as using text-based support to back up their assertions. In addition, they will learn ways to conduct an effective discussion and will practice analytical writing skills when the discussion is over.

This lesson includes an activity handout, a grading rubric, a handout on how to write critical questions, a handout outlining rules for conducting effective discussions, and a copy of the original “A Call for Unity” letter.

Suitable for English and history teachers, this activity covers Common Core State Standards for reading informational texts, writing, and listening and speaking.

It is one component of our 71-page unit on King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”


Letter from Birmingham Jail — “A Call for Unity” Discussion Activity by Janet Mason is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.uncommoned.com.
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8 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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