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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963.
- computer access
- This activity is targeted toward older elementary school children.
- Let kids watch the video in the link below (or just listen to the audio).
- What is their reaction? Do they know who Martin Luther King, Jr. was? Do they know why he was important? What was so important about this speech?
- Because this runs more than 17 minutes, consider playing just a snipet of the speech or break it in chunks and have kids discuss it.
- Even without knowing the historical context of the speech and why it was significant, kids can analyze why King was a good speaker. What does he do to get the audience excited? What words and phrases does he emphasize? How does he use his voice? His face? His body language?
- For more information and activities regarding King, check out kaboose.com.
”I Have a Dream” speech
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