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Letter from Birmingham Jail Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity

Letter from Birmingham Jail Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
Letter from Birmingham Jail Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
Letter from Birmingham Jail Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
Letter from Birmingham Jail Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
Letter from Birmingham Jail Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
Letter from Birmingham Jail Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
Letter from Birmingham Jail Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
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Hook your students from the start as they connect to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” In this “Five Corners” informal debate activity, students take a stand (literally!) on controversial statements related to themes in "Letter," vote with their feet by walking to areas of the room that show their level of agreement or disagreement, and present arguments on the fly. Students LOVE this engaging activity that gets them moving--AND thinking deeply and debating about important topics!

Great for a pre-unit activity and/or post-unit review, this resource includes:

Detailed Lesson Plan—with step-by-step instructions for success
Anticipation Guide/Quick Write—in which students take a stand on a list of debatable statements related to themes of “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and do a quick-write on each
Five Corners Activity Posters—so that students can “vote with their feet” by walking to designated areas to demonstrate their level of agreement with each statement
Written Reflection Worksheet—so that students can reflect upon their learning
Learning Scale and Self-Assessment—so that students clearly understand the learning goal and can monitor their progress

After the activity, students do a written reflection on one of the topics discussed, then assess their own learning based on the provided CCSS-aligned learning scale.

Spark your students’ interest in MLK’s iconic “Letter” and hone their speaking and writing skills—all while having fun along the way!

***NOTE: This product is also sold as part of a “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Close Reading Rhetorical Analysis Unit. Buy multiple products and save!***

Common Core State Standards Covered:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.4 (Writing appropriately for task, purpose, audience)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1 (Participating in collaborative discussions)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.D (Responding to diverse perspectives)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.3 (Evaluating speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4 (Presenting information and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically)

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Keywords: Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr., MLK, Black History Month, seminal U.S. document, non-fiction text, informational text, nonfiction, four corners activity, five corners activity, debate, informal debate, argument, argumentation, speaking and listening, presentation skills
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