March on Washington: Dr. King's Speech

Albert Shanker Institute

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How did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech differ from the one he had prepared? Why did he change his prepared speech? Students will be able to: 1.explain how King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington differed from the one he prepared; 2.formulate reasoned opinions on why King would change his prepared speech as he delivered it; 3.identify rhetorical devices King employed in his “I Have a Dream” speech; 4.develop their own understanding on why strong preparation is a powerful aid to successful improvisation.