Teach your students the art of rhetoric with this complete lesson on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail." This product will get your students closely reading and critically thinking--going beyond mere comprehension to analyze HOW King structures his argument and responds to counterarguments.
This product is a complete lesson, with before, during, and after reading activities. Here is a brief breakdown of what you get:
Before Reading: Quick-write to activate students' thinking
During Reading: Annotation activity
After Reading: Comprehension graphic organizer and a set of critical-thinking questions to prompt students to consider King's argument, response to counterarguments, and use of ethos, pathos, and logos
This letter is such an intriguing, important read for students, and it is rich for analysis as a mentor text, making it perfect for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Black History Month, or ANY DAY OF THE YEAR (because it's just that important).