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This picture book companion for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech includes activities that allow students to explore the power of Dr. King’s words by analyzing some of his most notable quotations. This interactive read-aloud resource is perfect for teaching rhetorical analysis and annotations in upper elementary and middle school. It can be used any time of the year to educate your students about influential leaders, the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., persistence, equality, standing up for what they believe in, kindness, courage, and more. Students will love the engaging and fun activities, and you will appreciate the time saved hunting for high-level resources to teach reading concepts that students frequently struggle with.

With 24 print-and-go reading activities to choose from, this resource is ideal for customizing learning to your student’s specific needs and academic ability. Students will analyze and annotate the rhetoric in a speech, investigate leadership traits, determine the theme, conduct research, explore and use new vocabulary, analyze quotes, and much more! The activities provided are designed to enable students to apply higher-level thinking skills, to encourage students to provide text evidence to support their thinking, and to challenge students to express their own thoughts and/or perspectives.

⭐️This Resource Includes:⭐️

  • Making Predictions – Before reading the book, students will examine the front cover and describe what they see, make predictions about what the book is about, and the questions they think the book might answer.
  • Making Inferences – Students use clues and schema to come up with two inferences they made from the text.
  • Character Inside & Out – Students include details from the story to describe what the character says, thinks, does, and feels.
  • Traits of a Leader  Students determine qualities that strong and impactful leaders possess and provide evidence from the text to support their answers (ANSWER KEY INCLUDED).
  • Theme #1 – Students answer the questions to determine which theme best fits the story and provide text evidence to support their choice.
  • Theme #2 – Students answer the questions to determine the theme of the story and provide text evidence.
  • Reader Response Questions – Students will answer multiple-choice and short-answer questions to respond to the text (ANSWER KEY included).
  • Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle – Students will complete a crossword puzzle by matching words from the story to their definitions (ANSWER KEY included).
  • Vocabulary Word Search Puzzle – Students will find the hidden words in the puzzle (ANSWER KEY included).
  • Rhetorical Devices Notes Pages – These handouts include a definition, why authors use it in their writing, examples, and non-examples. Includes: Allusion, Anaphora, Antithesis, Metaphor, Simile, Tone & Mood
  • Annotation Student Handout “I Have a Dream” Speech – Students will mark their annotations and explanations on this handout. This can be a lesson in which you model and students follow along making notes, a gradual release lesson in which you model the first page and they work with a partner to complete the rest, or any way you see fit for your students. Includes the following: Color Coded Cover Sheet for Annotations, I Have a Dream Speech, Allusions Reference Sheet, & Answer Key
  • Paying Attention to Photographs – Students will compare a photograph taken during the Children’s March in 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, to the story, discuss their comparisons with a partner, and respond to the questions on the provided chart.
  • Martin’s Many Metaphors – Students explain the metaphors Dr. King used in his speech.
  • Quote Connection – Students will give thoughtful responses to the questions below regarding the provided quote by making connections to the text, personal experiences & background knowledge.
  • Inspirational Words  Students will illustrate the part of Dr. King’s speech that they found to be most interesting and answer the response questions.
  • Opposite Words Pairs  Students choose one of the quote cards and use it to answer the questions and create a graphic representing the contradictory thoughts (anthesis) expressed in the quote.
  • Peace Buttons – Students will design a button like Dr. King and his followers passed out, to spread a message about something that is important to them (Color and B&W included).
  • 4-Writing Prompts – Students will respond to the writing prompts and provide evidence from the text to support their thinking when needed.
  • Nobel Peace Prize  Students will learn more about the Novel Peace Prize and use that information to make connections to the text (ANSWER KEY INCLUDED).
  • Who Was Gandhi? – Students will research to learn more about Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Book Review – Students rate how much they enjoyed the book, draw a new cover, and explain why kids should or should not read it.
  • Design a Book Cover – Students design a new cover for the book.

This resource is for extension read-aloud activities only. The book is not included.

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