Letter from Birmingham Jail Martin Luther King Jr Analysis Activity Unit BUNDLE

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    This growing analysis activities unit will help students analyze the rhetoric of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail. The analysis activities included in this Letter from Birmingham Jail bundle include Think Alouds, anticipation guides, guided questions, quotes analyses, and answer keys. Designed for students in Grades 8 to 11, this in-depth Martin Luther King Jr unit is bound to give your students ample opportunity to explore every aspect of this well-known and important text.

    Included in this Letter from Birmingham Jail analysis activities bundle:

    1) Letter from Birmingham Jail Quotes Analysis | Martin Luther King Jr.

    In this activity, students will analyze ten key quotes from Martin Luther King Jr's Letter from Birmingham Jail. Students will answer four questions for each quote that tackle the author's choice, message, and context, how specific words work in sentences, and how our words can endure time. This activity is made to target the Informational Text standard.

    This product is available in three formats to accommodate digital, face to face, and hybrid learning and includes the following:

    • 6 PDF Worksheets
      • Students will answer a variety of questions which aim to help them analyze the poem by making connections to the world and reflecting on recent history.
    • 6 Detailed Answer Keys
    • 1 Google Slides Presentation
    • 1 Google Form
    • 1 Teacher Guide

    A total of 32 pages

    Added 2/4/2021

    2) Letter from Birmingham Jail Background and Anticipation Guide

    In this activity, student's will review the background knowledge for Martin Luther King Jr's Letter from Birmingham Jail and complete an anticipation guide. Students will answer five questions in the anticipation guide, use a Think Aloud strategy in the background presentation, and respond to optional inference questions from the teacher. This activity is made to target the Informational Text standard.

    This product is designed to accommodate digital, face to face, and hybrid learning and includes the following: 

    • 1 PDF Anticipation Guide
      • Students will answer five questions which aim to help them activate prior knowledge and get in the mindset to analyze the letter.
    • 1 Google Form Anticipation Guide
    • 1 Google Slides Presentation
      • This 8 slide presentation includes suggestions for teaching using the Think Aloud strategy and suggests questions for teachers to ask students regarding the circumstances and societal context surrounding Dr. King's letter.

    A total of 10 pages

    Added 2/5/2021

    3) Letter from Birmingham Jail Self Grading Quiz

    In this self grading assessment on Martin Luther King Jr.'s letter, students will answer 25 questions covering rhetorical devices, meaning of words in context, author's purpose, and author's craft. This Google Form Quiz is created so teachers can have results as soon as students submit their quiz. No grading needed!

    This is a fully customizable and editable test. You can add or remove questions as appropriate for your group of learners.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
    Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter).
    Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.
    Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (e.g., Washington’s Farewell Address, the Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”), including how they address related themes and concepts.


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