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I Have a Dream: Exploring Nonviolence in Young Adult Texts
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
Exeter, Rhode Island
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Video of Common's "A Dream"
- Video of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech
- "Choose" by Carl Sandburg
Grades 6 – 12 | Student Interactive | Inquiry & Analysis
Students can map out the key literary elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution as prewriting for their own fiction or as analysis of a text by another author in this secondary-level interactive.
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.
- Conflict Map
- Multiple Perspectives on Conflict Resolution
- Reflecting on Martin Luther King’s Dream
- Narrator Analysis
- Connect 4
- Essay Rubric
- Copies of Dr. Seuss books that demonstrate conflict-resolution
- Poetry Foundation
Showcases an online version of the poem "Choose" by Carl Sandburg.
- The King Center: Glossary of Nonviolence
Includes information on the King Center and a Glossary of Nonviolence terms.
- American Rhetoric – Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
Includes "I Have a Dream" video for students to view.
- Common: “A Dream” Music Video
Showcases the music video of "A Dream" by Common.
- Prepare an appropriate number of copies for all of the handouts provided. It is also helpful to prepare transparencies for the handouts so they can be displayed on an overhead projector.
- Obtain copies of Dr. Seuss books or other picture books that demonstrate conflict-resolution from multiple perspectives.
- Secure internet access and test the American Rhetoric and VH1 links to retrieve Martin Luther King’s speech and Common’s music video.
- Hook up the LCD projector to the computer that will be used to display the online videos and test equipment.
- Read over “Monkeyman” and make notes about characterization, conflict, and resolution.
- Pre-plan how the homework assignments will be distributed.
- Review the definition of conflict and types of conflict (e.g., person vs. person, person vs. self, etc.) with the class using the Literary Elements Map.