I Have A Dream
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
THE QUESTION: What is the importance of
To understand the significance of this famous speech, you must
read several main excerpts and determine:
- What words and ideas speak to you personally about civil
rights, equality, and our society
- How would our society be different if we didn’t have people
like Dr. King and other civil rights advocates?
For the full text of the speech, refer to this website:
See above for the URL to the
Read all but FOCUS ON lines
from : “Let us not wallow in
the valley of despair . . . “
TO THE SECOND “I have a
THE STUDENT ACTIVITY:
*What words and ideas speak to you personally about civil rights,
equality, and our society?*
JOT DOWN some of the key terms and what you think they mean.
FOR EXAMPLE: American Dream – Opportunity, freedom, success, etc.
THINK ABOUT: How are these terms important to Civil Rights?
The Assessment Activity:
Now write a letter to Dr. King.
* * *
- Tell him why you think his speech is
important and what it means to you!
* * *
*Be sure to mention how you think our
society would be different if the Civil Rights
Movement never took place!*
To learn more about Dr. King or to read OR
HEAR more of his speeches, use the following
websites as sources:
OR do your own research in libraries or on the
Teacher Support Materials
State standards addressed by this lesson:
Historical Thinking – f. use primary source documents to analyze multiple perspectives
Local, US, and World History – c. explain relationships among the events and trends
studied in local, national and world history.
Historical Themes – e. describe, explain and analyze political, economic and social
consequences that came about as the resolution of a conflict
Applying History – a. initiate questions and hypotheses about historic events they are