Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Language Arts Lesson - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - "What's Your Life's Blueprint?"

by Danielle Hall 
grades 6-9

Be a bush if you can't be a tree.
 If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. 
If you can't be a sun, be a star.
 For it isn't by size that you win or fail. 
Be the best of whatever you are.

Are you still looking for an MLK lesson? Do you want to move beyond "I Have a Dream"? Here's a fresh idea for you.

This packet contains all of the necessary materials for an introspective study of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “Street Sweeper” speech, “What is Your Life’s Blueprint?” This inspirational speech was delivered at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967, six months before King was assassinated. In it, King calls students to think about what they want from their lives, and how they can be their very best selves.

This packet contains:

*Reflective journal prompts/discussion questions for before and after the speech
*Comprehension questions (and answer key) for a short study of the speech 
--> practice CC-aligned close reading
*Instructions & Rubric for a mini-project 
--> students choose from four choices (Inspirational Poster, Mural, Timeline, Creative Journal Entry)
*Editable rubrics 
--> set your own weights!

(grades 6-9)

I know your students will love this speech as much as mine do!

Hope to hear from you soon,
Danielle @ nouvelle

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