This resource includes the annotated text of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous " I’ve Been to the Mountaintop" speech given to an audience of sanitation workers in Memphis, TN before he was assassinated. Using the comment feature in Microsoft Word, this resource includes critical commentary and analysis of the figurative and connotative meanings, rhetorical devices (logos, ethos, pathos), parallelism, repetition, allusions, themes aligned with the RI2, RI3, RI4, RI5, and RI6 standards from the Common Core State Standards. In addition to the identified figurative language, rhetorical devices, etc., the document includes standard alignment for each comment and marginal notes that explain the significance of each identified element. This resource will help teachers to guide students’ close reading of the text and help them to become more critical readers of informational texts. The provided commentary includes Common Core standard references so that you will be able to help students to see how the guided statements and commentary align with specific reading informational standards.
MLK "I’ve Been to the Mountaintop" Common Core Annotated Text w/Marginal Notes
by Dr. Joel Boyce
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