The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's `I have a dream' speech, 28 August
1. I have a dream "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character." Base a lesson on civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King's famous 1963 speech.
2. Martin Luther King What kind of world did Martin Luther King dream about? What did he believe? Was his dream realised? Explore these questions and more in a project about the activist.
3. Discrimination What motivated Martin Luther King to campaign against prejudice and discrimination? Encourage your students to discuss the background to his work and how successful he was with this PowerPoint.
4. Wise words Use this series of activities to analyse what made Martin Luther King's speech so powerful and as inspiration for a lesson on poetry or scriptwriting.
5. All together Why not get your students to compose a class version of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech? What would their dream for the rest of the world be?
6. In the news Explore the world that Martin Luther King grew up in and ask students to write a biographical newspaper article about his life and work.
7. Taking a stand Spark a classroom debate: should Martin Luther King have left it to someone else to take the risks that he did? Is it worth dying for an important cause? Have your students ever stood up for something they believe in?
8. Persuasive speechwriting Be inspired by Martin Luther King's oratory powers. Get students to analyse the language and persuasive techniques used in his speech. Then ask them to write their own.
9. Hopes and dreams What kind of freedom did Martin Luther King want? What was the March on Washington? Introduce students to Dr King's hopes and dreams with this six-part series of activities.
10. The whole story This illustrated PowerPoint tells the story of Martin Luther King, from his birth in Georgia to the announcement of his commemorative day in 1983.
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