These activities push students to not online examine the rhetoric of a speaker, but also to think about the purpose of education in their own lives. MLK's speech, "The Purpose of Education," is informative and very thought provoking. This lesson provides everything you'll need to push students to analyze a text as well as think critically about a relatable topic. I've even added an extension activity that you can use with a TED talk!
Full text, "The Purpose of Education"
Difficult Vocabulary to define prior to reading
Critical Thinking + Color Coding activity
Writing activity that pushes students to vary sentence length/style while thinking about their own educational philosophy
Extension activity with questions from a connecting TED talk