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Entering History: Nikki Giovanni and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Entering History: Nikki Giovanni and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jaime R. Wood

Jaime R. Wood

Portland, Oregon


National Council of Teachers of English


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Laura Zoumberis

October 15, 2014

I love the concept of this lesson, especially because it ties in with a standard that can be difficult to assess (RL.6.9.) One recommendation I have is to compare and contrast Langston Hughes' poem "Let America be America Again" with Dr. King's speech. In my opinion, this poem ties in much better and Langston even mentions his "dream" several times in the poem. It's also interesting to let the kids know that this poem was published before Martin Luther King's speech.


Susan Crooks

September 04, 2013

Wow! Thank you for sharing this wonderful unit! What if every teacher shared their best lesson! Why reinvent the wheel? We can't create these lessons everyday. It is too time consuming! THANKS AGAIN!


Chiquita Riley

January 23, 2013

Great lesson...my students loved it!


Shana Johnson

January 08, 2012

Wonderful lesson and materials!


Shania Johnson

December 15, 2011

Amazing thats all i have to say about this! lol



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