Sample Close Reading Lesson I have a Dream – Excerpt (1963) By Martin Luther King, J


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I Have a Dream


Guiding Question: What is the purpose of this speech? In it Martin Luther King, Jr. states “Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning.” Based on evidence from this text, what is he hoping will begin? How does he convince the audience that it is time for this new beginning?

English Language Arts and Literacy Standards

Notes

Setting the Stage – 10 minutes

  • Overview

  • Goals

  1. Practice “close reading” when reading informational text

  2. Focus on a word phrase to grow academic vocabulary and deep understanding

This lesson is based on the attributes of a Close Reading lesson and the use of text-dependent questioning.

This lesson follows “a carefully developed set of steps that assist students in increasing their familiarity and understanding” of complex, informational text.

This particular unit uses the speech I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. as the content.





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