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This resource includes the annotated text with 26 marginal annotations and Common Core State Standards alignment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous " Eulogy for the Martyred Children" speech given at the memorial for the 4 girls killed in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. 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), anaphoras, parallelism, repetition, allusions, themes aligned with the RI1, RI2, RI4, 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 includes a blank copy of the speech so students can practice annotating it. 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.