Nonfiction Close Reading - Power of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream Speech


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Nonfiction Close Reading - The Lasting Power of Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream Speech

In celebration of Martin Luther King Day or Black History Month this winter, engage students with this nonfiction close reading focused on a New York Times article titled "“The Lasting Power of Dr. King’s Dream Speech,” a great reading to use for comparison with the text of King's "I Have a Dream." After reading, students will use evidence to answer text-based questions, which cover ALL ten of the Common Core Informational Standards. Students will also have a choice of engaging after reading activities, including service learning and project based learning activities.

*a close reading guide
*answer key
*listing of the Common Core standards each question covers
*suggested after reading activities
*link to New York Times article

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features.
Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal U.S. texts, including the application of constitutional principles and use of legal reasoning (e.g., in U.S. Supreme Court majority opinions and dissents) and the premises, purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy (e.g., The Federalist, presidential addresses).
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.


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