September 20, 2015
By Sanayya Sohail

Lesson plan

Martin Luther King Jr.: I Have A Dream

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  • Students will be able to learn the role that Martin Luther King Jr. played in history. * Students will be able to analyze the concepts of freedom, equality, and justice.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask your students wha they know about Martin Luther King Junior.
  • Create a word web with all the information they know about him.
  • Tell your students that they will learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. today.
(30 minutes)
  • Go over the I Have a Dream worksheet with your students.
  • Explain each dream to your students in detail with an example.
  • An example for the first dream could be explaining to your students that even though the United States was based on the idea of equality, African Americans were not treated equally. For example, they were not allowed to sit in the same buses as other races even after they were no longer slaves.
(30 minutes)
  • Show your students the Martin Luther King BiographyBy Biography Channel.
  • Ask your students to take notes on the video. Have them write at least ten facts from the video.
  • Instruct them to share what they wrote with a partner.
  • Choose students to share one idea that they wrote with the class.
(20 minutes)
  • Ask your students to complete the Martin Luther King, Jr. crossword using their video notes.
  • Go over the crossword as a class.


  • Explain the concept of racism and inequality to your students. Explain to your students that there are still groups of people who face discrimination and inequality.
  • Ask your students to research two groups that face racism or inequality either locally or globally.
    • Have students to write a four paragraph essay about the type of discrimination and inequality that the two groups face and why.
    • Tell students to use at least two books or articles to find information for their essays.


  • Preview the video with students and allow them to draw or use fragments to write their ten facts throughout the movie. Give them extra time to refine their facts after the video.
  • Allow students to discuss their ideas with their elbow partners before sharing them with the class.
  • Ask your students to answer the 5 W questions (e.g., Who, What,When, where, and Why) about Martin Luther King. A few examples of W questions could include: Who was MLK Jr.? What did he do? Why did he fight for equality and justice?
(10 minutes)
  • Ask your students to complete the Martin Luther King, Jr. worksheet.
(20 minutes)
  • Ask your students to complete the second page of the I Have a Dream worksheet.
  • Ask your students to share their dreams with the class.

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