Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech Video Writing Prompts

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K-2: You Have a Dream

Martin Luther King Jr. is sharing his dream for what the world should be like. His dream was to have a fair, peaceful world where everyone is equal to one another.

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What would your dream world be like?

3-5: Writing Techniques in the "I Have a Dream" Speech

Martin Luther King Jr. used several common writing techniques in his famous speech. Identify an example of each of the following writing techniques from the "I Have a Dream" Speech. You can refer to the full text of the speech for review

  • Simile
  • Repetition / Anaphora
  • Analogy
  • Quotes / Allusions
  • Metaphor

Using figurative language, Dr. King identifies clear, concrete goals he hopes this speech will help achieve. Identify at least one of those goals.

6-8:  The Power of Words

Martin Luther King Jr. gave this speech in 1963. In the nearly 50 years since this moment, his "I Have a Dream" speech has become an iconic message that still moves people.

Why do you think that Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech" was and is so powerful?

9-12: The Next Generation of Dreams

This speech identifies the goals of the Civil Rights Movement to overcome segregation and racism. Using the "I have a dream" speech structure, identify the new dreams of your generation. Consider the injustices still plaguing the United States for ideas.

Your list of dreams should include at least 5 images of your version of a the ideal American society.

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