I begin today's lesson by displaying on the Smartboard and reading my students an original poem I was inspired to write in high school as I studied the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (see attachment). I then asked them if any of them had ever heard of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All of them had. They told me that he fought for equal rights for black people. I corrected them and said he fought for equal rights for all people. I told them, fifty years ago in 1963, Dr. King gave one of the most important speeches in U.S. history - his "I Have A Dream" speech. I, then, played the video of the speech for them.
After we watch the video of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, we then read "King's Dream," a Scholastic News article about the importance of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech on U.S. history. Students take turns reading sections of the article aloud. Afterwards, I ask them comprehension questions (see attached Powerpoint).
To close the lesson, I have students to write a paragraph summary of the lesson using the written summary formula. I chose this activity to close the lesson in order to see if my students could extract the main idea, supporting details, and a conclusion from the lesson.
Be sure to continue the unit with the next lesson - Dr Martin Luther King Jr Life Lessons.