Imagery-"I Have a Dream"

Lisa Auerbach
Longfellow Elementary
Social Studies/Language Arts:

Topic: Imagery in Context

Pupose: Often students celebrate Black History by citing excerps from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech, "I Have a Dream". They have neither read nor discussed the speech in its entirety. This lesson celebrates the power of both Dr. King's speech as well as the power of words used to convey a strong message.

Materials: Copies of Dr. King's speech, "I Have a Dream".

Description: Students will identify and discuss imagery in Dr.Martin Luther King's speech, "I Have a Dream". Each will illustrate a chosen passage from the speech.

Procedure: Give students time to read the speech. In large groups discuss the speech in its entirety. Emphasize the use of metaphores and similes.

Assessment: Upon completion, each student will identify his/her favorite part of the speech, then illustrate or write about that passage. Suggestion: Students can use the computer to print the written text, then illustrate over the printed word. Or, each student can write about how this speech relates to the student's life today.

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This lesson was developed through GirlTECH '97, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC) a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center. Copyright June,1997