Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Teachable Moment: "I Have A Dream" Speech Anniversary Today

Okay all you ELA teachers, history and English teachers. How about all you teachers? We are going to take a small piece out of our Common Core, State Standards-mandated lesson plans and let the kids listen to the voices of the greatest speakers give their greatest speeches. I used this frequently whatever class I was teaching from Grad 5 to Grade 12. Hearing inspiration is important. Kids are impacted in a positive way. You don't have to make a big deal out of this. An introduction, 5-7 minutes, the speech maybe 10-12. At the end of a class.

Today, August 28, is the 49th anniversary of Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream Speech.' And you can easily give a little prep for it and have the kids listen.

Puh-leeze? There is nothing like hearing the real voice give the real speech.

This site has hundreds of speeches. It is awesome. And actors giving Lincoln speeches, etc. Some movie segments even.

Here's the link:

Always inspires me.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I Have a Dream

I have a dream hundreds of you in twitterland will have your students listen to this speech and be inspired.

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