"I Have a Dream," Dr. Martin Luther King
Lesson plans and teaching resources for elementary school

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This video runs 17:29. It resides at YouTube and is downloadable.

"I Have a Dream"
Text of the speech with audio and photograph. Runs about 17 1/2 minutes.

Digital Write-able
In this online activity students are given a visual prompt to write about what Dr. King means to our country today.

Dr. King's Dream
In this lesson designed for grades K-2, students learn about Dr. King and create picture books about their own dreams of freedom for Americans today.

How Big Are Martin's Big Words? (book by Doreen Rappaport)
"Using this book as well as other resources on Dr. King, students explore information on King's "big" words then choose one of two options: (1) they write about their own "big" words and dreams in stapled or stitched books, or (2) they construct found poems using an excerpt from one of King's speeches."

"I Have a Dream" Collective Banner
After reading about Dr. King, children contribute to a banner that states their dreams for a better world. Designed for K-2.

"I Have A Dream" Speech Analysis Lesson Plan
Students review literary terms, rhetorical devices and figurative language with a scavenger hunt. Adaptable for elementary through high school.

"I have a dream" vocabulary
A list of 80 words drawn from the speech, presented in context and with definition. Click on a word for pronunciation, examples of recent usage, more.

I Have a Metaphor
This lesson introduces the following literary devices: analogy, symbolism, use of chronology, personification, metaphor, figurative language and the effective use of repetition. Designed for grades 5-9.

New 10/24Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech Video Writing Prompts
Writing prompts by grade level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Webquest
Students read a biography of Dr. King and then answer questions based on very specific web search instructions. Teachers should preview this activity to make sure the activities are appropriate for your students. Designed for grades 3-5. Adobe Reader required; 4 pages.

Word Art with King's Words
Students identify meaningful words and phrases from the speech, then use Wordle to create word art. Designed for grades 1-4; Adobe Reader required.



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