To begin class today, I hand out five index cards to each student.
I show them the first slide of today's presentation, which has Dr. King's picture on it. With the first click of the presentation, their task appears: they are to write five words, one per card, that they associate with Dr. King and the ideas he stood for.
I give them 5 minutes to complete this task.
Now it's time to move on to the collaboration portion of today's lesson. I have my students move into their groups of 3-4, and we begin the process of assigning roles.
Before showing the roles on the next screen (they are hidden until you click), I have the groups number off, 1-4. I then show the group role associated with each number, and I take a moment to go through the responsibilities of each role. If a group only has three students, I combine the roles of facilitator and time keeper. One person can easily do both jobs.
Once I'm sure that each student understands his or her responsibility, I will then click the slide to show them their group task.
During this activity, students will:
I give my students 15-20 minutes to accomplish this task.
Once the groups are ready to present, I will first ask for volunteers to share out. Usually, once someone gets the ball rolling, almost everyone is excited to share. To share out, I ask the speaker to read the label and then the words of one of their groups.
To wrap up this portion of the lesson, we listen to Dr. King's immortal words. There is a link embedded into the words "I Have a Dream" on the slide. The link leads to the Quiet Tube video. Quiet Tube is a great service that allows you to show YouTube videos without suggestions and ads popping up at the end of the video. However, if you cannot install Quiet Tube, the video is also on good, ol' YouTube.
To wrap up today's lesson, I present my students with an exit ticket assignment (the last slide of the presentation). I let the class know that today's activity was meant to activate their prior knowledge about a topic that we are going to study for the next couple of weeks. The goal of the exit ticket is for them to tell me anything and everything they know about US history that led to Dr. King giving this amazing speech.
I ask them to write things that they've heard but don't necessarily know are true. They are helping me know where to start with our reading and discussions.
I collect this exit ticket as a formative assessment, graded on completion. More importantly, I want to see what my students know about slavery, abolition, and the Civil War, especially if they have misconceptions.