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.
March on Washington: Dr. King's Speech
Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Common Core State Standards
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).