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I Have a Dream: Exploring Nonviolence in Young Adult Texts

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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
Lesson Author

Bethany Marie Lisi

Exeter, Rhode Island


National Council of Teachers of English


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Literary Elements Map

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Literary Elements Map

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.


Essay Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Essay Map

The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.


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  1. 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.
  2. Obtain copies of Dr. Seuss books or other picture books that demonstrate conflict-resolution from multiple perspectives.
  3. Secure internet access and test the American Rhetoric and VH1 links to retrieve Martin Luther King’s speech and Common’s music video.
  4. Hook up the LCD projector to the computer that will be used to display the online videos and test equipment.
  5. Read over “Monkeyman” and make notes about characterization, conflict, and resolution.
  6. Pre-plan how the homework assignments will be distributed.
  7. 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.


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