Need an engaging back to school lesson? This speech is a great activity to teach to teens because it is so relevant and they enjoy the project options. I have included a teacher instruction sheet, Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech: “What is Your Life’s Blueprint?” along with discussion questions, answer key, a tic-tac-toe board of project options, and an assignment rubric.
The time frame for this lesson can vary, but I would dedicate at least 2 full days of class time to read and discuss the speech. I like to put students into groups and the let them complete the discussion activity together. The class/groups share out their responses on day two and then I explain the tic-tac-toe choice board.
Students will select three options from the board. You can give class time for this or assign the tasks as homework. I often give students some class time to work on the projects.
After students submit their assignments, print and copy the rubric for grading. Score the prompts as 4-3-2-1. Place a check mark in the square that matches the score. You can choose to assign whatever point value you want for the work (I multiply the score by 10).
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