I Have a Dream Lesson Plan for High School

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has taught high school history in several states with a master's degree in teaching.

One of the most famous and eloquent speeches in American history is Martin Luther King Jr's '~'I Have A Dream Speech.'~' In this lesson, students will read through the speech and analyze the use of literary elements used by Dr. King.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify figurative language (especially personification and alliteration) in the ''I Have a Dream'' speech
  • describe how figurative language enhances the ''I Have a Dream'' speech

Length

60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

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