Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King

The famous words of Martin Luther King still resonate with scholars today. An enlightening instructional activity helps pupils examine the "I Have a Dream" speech in more depth and learn what impact it had on the civil rights movement. Young historians read and listen to the speech before completing a variety of activities, small group discussions, and a writing exercise. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video to compare Martin Luther King Jr. to other civil rights leaders such a Malcolm X
  • Lead a discussion on why the civil rights movement occurred
Classroom Considerations
  • It may be helpful to have a backup link of the "I Have a Dream" speech audio in case the YouTube video does not work
Pros
  • The lesson provides both text and audio of the speech to help engage auditory and visual learners
  • Provides a rubric for easier grading 
Cons
  • None