Risk Sharing Your Dream Speech as Dr. King Risked

Grade Levels
5th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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Risk Sharing an I Have a Dream Speech

Students enjoy viewing Dr. King’s Dream Speech on video and then reflecting on a personal dream that addresses a problem they face. They love to compare their ideas for a dream to King's vision for freedom with this guide.


Some ask if teens could also share a dream to inspire the world? Yes - a recent world news story is shared about a teen whose autism problems shaped his world class dream, and students are guided in a reader-response approach to start small and grow a dream with Courage and persistence as Martin Luther King, did.

Your students will actively experience how dreams involve both play and investigation. They see examples and are facilitated to reach beyond failures to the kind of belief and compassion King offers at the helm of leadership.

Through King’s example – students discover how thinking independently is risky for teens as for adults. They also learn how their brains equip them with a chemical called dopamine to take good risks.

As innovators, learners are invited to design a dream team project to impact world hunger. In teams - they will explore their dreams through multiple intelligences related to solving hunger issues, for instance.

Find opportunities for assessment in this study of Martin Luther King’s Dream Speech, through reflective questions, projects and additional speech opportunities.

Contents Include:

Before You Write 3

A. Watch Dr. King’s dream speech 3
B. Identify a problem researched 4
C. How King spotted new possibilities 5
D. Illustrate your problem, beliefs and dream 6
E. Bring your strengths to shape your dream 7
F. Reflect further by reading King’s speech 8
Could a Teen’s Problem Shape a Dream? 9

A. J-Mac ran from autism to gain a dream 10
B. What if you accomplished something new? 11
Dreams Involve Play and Investigation 12

A. Ideas to Cultivate a Dream Community 13
B. Reach across differences 15
C. What if you Ignite Team Investigation? 18
Opportunities for Assessment 19
A. Points to assess dream speech or project 20
B. Additional opportunities for a dream speech 21
C. Informational text – Your Brain on Courage 22

Brain facts on Courage – interactive tasks 32
Contact me for further support 47
Poster and informational text – Dare Risk Change? 49
Your ideas? 56

Hopefully these ready-to-roll brain-based materials will benefit your learners and leaders as they do mine at middle, secondary, university levels and beyond.

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If you have any further questions about how to get the most from this product, please do contact me at eweber1@frontiernet.net and I’ll be glad to help further.

All the best as you learn and lead with the brain in mind!

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Created by Ellen Weber, Brain Based Tasks for Growth Mindset
Total Pages
57 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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