Dr. King's Dream

Walk with Martin Luther King, Jr. on his historic March on Washington, hear his inspirational "I Have a Dream" speech, and envision your own dreams of freedom for all Americans.

In this lesson, students will learn about the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Students will listen to a brief biography, view photographs of the March on Washington, hear a portion of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and discuss what King's words mean to them. Finally, they will create picture books about their own dreams of freedom for Americans today.

For background information on the topics included in this lesson, see the resource list at the bottom of this lesson plan. You might begin by visiting the Seattle Times's Martin Luther King Jr. site, which can be reached through the EDSITEment-reviewed Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project website.

Guiding Questions

What do we mean by the term "civil rights?

Who was Martin Luther King, Jr., and how did he fight for civil rights?

What can we learn from the words of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech?

What parts of Dr. King's dream have or have not been realized in the present day?

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will have learned about the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reflected on a section of King's "I Have a Dream" speech

Become aware of inequities that still exist in the United States