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March on Washington: Dr. King's Speech

Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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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.




Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
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Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal U.S. texts, including the application of constitutional principles and use of legal reasoning (e.g., in U.S. Supreme Court majority opinions and dissents) and the premises, purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy (e.g., The Federalist, presidential addresses).


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