I Have a Dream Speech

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From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing "I Have a Dream" speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us—those who will one day carry his dream forward for everyone.” On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation's history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson's magificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike. The themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, 50 years later, but also provide young readers with an important introduction to our nation's past.
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Designed for middle school students, this free digital curriculum contains Common Core questions related to tone, point of view, and analysis of Dr. King's arguments in his most famous speech. It also contains videos that support comprehension such as videos that allow students to watch the delivery of Dr. King's speech. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Martin Luther King, Jr: I Have a Dream Speech

What does Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. use in the highlighted paragraph to emphasize the length of time that African Americans have been fighting for equal rights since the abolishment of slavery? 
Why does Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. make reference to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence? 
Based on the highlighted paragraphs, with which statement would Dr. King LEAST LIKELY agree? 
"And some of you have come from areas where your quest--quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality."In the highlighted passage, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. uses a metaphor to compare ____________ to  ___________. 
What does Dr. King consider to be part of the "American dream"? 
Dr. King's "I Have a Dream Speech" remains one of the most important speeches in American history. Write a paragraph explaining what makes his speech significant in the evolution of the United States. Cite evidence from this text and historical background information to support your response. 
Now that you've read the speech, click the link below to watch the video of this speech as Dr. King delivered it. As you watch the video, pay attention to the rhythm and pacing that Dr. King uses as he speaks and notice the audience's reaction to specific parts of the speech. Are there times when Dr. King's oration sounds as much like a poem as it does a speech? How does this add to its influence?  (This annotation contains a video)