So much has changed in the landscape of America, and much of it has been propelled by the efforts of our youth.
Dr. Martin Luther King, jr.’s tireless work to end segregation along with that of many other notable Civil Rights Leaders, many of whom lived and still live in Atlanta, has changed the way in which our children are able to learn. Not only are they able to be immersed in more diverse situations and environments, but a precedent was set to uphold the rights bestowed upon all of us as residents and citizens of the United States of America.
Today’s lesson was based upon Dr. King’s dream. After watching the video below, which literally brought his words to life, the students discussed the significance of his words, his work, and of how it has an effect upon each of them.
After an in-depth discussion of the impact of this speech, we looked at key passages within it to discuss the sheer mastery of Dr. King’s writing. He used examples of metaphor such as, “this momentous decree [The Emancipation Proclamation] came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice.” Furthermore, he made specific references and allusions to The Gettysburg Address, the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, and iconic songs such as “Free at Last” and “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” (meaning here).
The lesson was summarized with a quick sharing of the points discussed in class that were thought to be the most poignant.
- “Dr. King’s Dream”
- Write a letter to Dr. King (as if he were still alive) telling him how his “I Have a Dream” speech has had an impact on your life. Cite specific evidence from the speech itself.
- Study the Lesson 9 vocabulary words from “Vocabulary from Classical Roots”