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



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  1. Record the contextual meaning of “justice” as it is used in each instance and discuss your meanings with a partner.

injustice, paragraph 1 - line 3




justice,

paragraph 4 - line 1







justice,

paragraph 4 - line 3







justice,

paragraph 5 - line 4







injustice, paragraph 5 - line 4





justice,

paragraph 5 - line 5







justice,

paragraph 6 - line 6







Vocabulary response:

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n paragraph form trace the accumulated meaning of the word “justice” through the text. What “justice” is King demanding?




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I Have a Dream

Responding to the prompt:

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?

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Text-based supporting detail –

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