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I Have a Dream Speech Analysis | Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK)


Through English Language Arts, you can teach your students about the historic events that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement and expose them to the iconic life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In the activities included, your students will conduct research, present information to the class, analyze the rhetoric of MLK through his most famous speech, “I Have A Dream,” define vocabulary terms, and respond to the history and content through means of poetry.

Included in this purchase is:

  • Teacher instructions for five days
  • Jigsaw activity for students to complete (graphic organizer and directions included). Students will research background information on the Civil Rights Movement and teach their findings to the class through presentation. Civil Rights Topics included are:
    • Emancipation Proclamation
    • 13th Amendment
    • Separate but Equal Doctrine
    • Jim Crow Laws
    • Brown v. Board of Education
    • Birmingham Church Bombing
    • Emmett Till
    • Montgomery Bus Boycott
    • Civil Rights Act of 1957
    • Civil Rights Act of 1964
    • Civil Rights Act of 1968
    • Little Rock Nine
    • March on Washington
    • Selma to Montgomery March
    • Life and assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Academic vocabulary graphic organizer
  • “I Have A Dream Speech” by Martin Luther King Jr. Analysis Questions
  • Poetry project directions
  • 5 Different poetry activities for students to choose from. Poem types include:
    • Haiku Poem
    • Diamante Poem
    • Narrative Poem
    • Alliteration Poem
    • Concrete Poem
  • Answer keys for:
    • Jigsaw activity
    • Vocabulary
    • Poetry analysis

These activities will take 4-5 days and are perfect for Black History Month!

File Types Included:

Teacher Guide and Answer Keys (PDF)

Student Copy of Activities (Word document—editable for teachers)

Student Copy of Activities (PDF—ready to print)