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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

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Examining the Legacy of the American Civil Rights Era

As part of their study of Richard Wright’s Black Boy, students research and reflect on the current black-white racial divide in America. By examining the work of literature in the context of contemporary events, students will deepen their understanding of the work and of what it means to be an American today.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

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

Nikki Giovanni’s poem “The Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr.” is paired with Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, taking students on a quest through time to the Civil Rights movement.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Words through Diamante Poetry

Students explore the ways that powerful and passionate words communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring Free Speech and Persuasion with Nothing But the Truth

Students read Avi’s Nothing But the Truth and examine the First Amendment and student rights, and then decide whether the rights of the novel's protagonist, Philip, are violated.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

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.

 

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.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Word Mover

Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.

 

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MOBILE APPS

Grades   3 – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Word Mover

Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 28

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.

Students explore the "I Have a Dream" Foundation's website and brainstorm ways they can help themselves or others at their school achieve their educational dreams.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 15

In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day.

Students study Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and work in groups to create a mural that depicts Dr. King's vision of peace.

 

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ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project

Children’s Book Project

This activity can help teens create picture books that a teen caregiver can then share with children.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project

Blog About Courage Using Photos

Engage teens in this activity in which they use photographs to examine and write about courage on a blog.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Activity & Project

MyTube: Make a Video Public Service Announcement

Invite teens to explore issues that are important to them, and then write a script and film a video public service announcement.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Activity & Project

Music in Movies: You Pick the Soundtrack

Explore how music can have an emotional impact on a scene in a movie, then help teens write and film a scene of their own.

 

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PODCAST EPISODES

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Walter Dean Myers

If there is anyone in the world of children’s and young adult literature who could be described as a living legend, it’s Walter Dean Myers. Tune in to hear how his own experiences as a reader have shaped his approach to storytelling, what he seeks to offer young people through his writing, and the thinking behind a select handful of his novels – books that incorporate concepts as varied as magical realism, the social contract, and oral histories with our nation’s war veterans.

 

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