Reflection: Trust and Respect Race and Rhetoric in Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech - Section 4: Whole Group Discussion


My students never cease to amaze me. We had an interesting conversation about our school and race relations. We focused on why we don't mention African American History Month. Some of the responses I got were:

"We don't mention it because we don't have many African American's at our school."

"We don't need to have an African American history month."

"Because African American History is American History."

"We don't have a White American History Month."

"We should."

"We talked about it in elementary and middle school."

Overall, I was just really proud of the mutual respect and trust that students showed as we engaged in these difficult conversations. No one became angry, and the discussions focused on the issue, not people.

The next day, one of my students told me that he mentioned African American History month at a student government association meeting, and the president said that he was planning to work on it. Could it be that our discussion in class might have sparked a change? We'll see!

  A Win with the Race Conversation
  Trust and Respect: A Win with the Race Conversation
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Race and Rhetoric in Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech

Unit 15: Writing Arguments
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT recognize and evaluate an author's use of rhetoric in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech.

Big Idea: Rhetoric is the discussion topic of the day as students discuss persuasive techniques.

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