Letter From Birmingham Jail & Call For Unity – Common Core Aligned
In 1963, eight white clergymen wrote a letter condemning nonviolent protests happening in Alabama. From a jail cell, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr wrote a response to each argument presented by the clergymen. This letter contains some of Dr. King’s most recognized quotes such as, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” and “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
This unit focuses on analyzing arguments presented in the two letters, responding to various text dependent questions, and participating in a Socratic seminar. This unit is a LOW PREP resource for teachers.

The Texts:
- Annotated and Student Copy of “Call For Unity”
- Student Copy of “Letter From Birmingham Jail”

Graphic Organizers:
- Reviewing Arguments
- Writing Counterarguments
- Responding to Arguments
- Tracing Claims
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  • Letter.Preview.pdf
  • 01.-The-Text.pdf
  • 02.-Lesson-and-Activities.rev.pdf

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Created: Aug 10, 2015

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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