Before ReadingTime and again someone has a dream, or vision, of how to make the world a better place. That vision finds expression in powerful words—words that stir others to find ways to improve our lives. In the speech you are about to read, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. eloquently sets forth the vision he had for the future.QUICKWRITE What is your vision for a better world? Does it involve better schools? safer communities? cleaner air? Write a paragraph describing your vision of how to change one aspect of the world. I Have a DreamSpeech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.KEYWORD: HML9-660VIDEO TRAILERCan a DREAM change the world?660RI 4 Analyze the impact of word choices on meaning and tone. RI 6Determine an author’s purpose in a text; analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that purpose. RI 8Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text. RI 9Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical significance. Video link at thinkcentral.com
Meet the AuthorGo to thinkcentral.com.KEYWORD: HML9-661Author Onlinetothinkcentral.com.YWORD: HML9-661uthor nline.Complete the activities in your Reader/Writer Notebook.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.1929–1968Crusader for Justice Preaching a philosophy of nonviolence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became a catalyst for social change in the 1950s and 1960s. He galvanized people of all races to participate in boycotts, marches, and demonstrations against racial injustice. His moral leadership stirred the conscience of the nation and helped bring about the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In that same year he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. King continued his work for justice and equality until he was assassinated in 1968.Inspirational Speaker An eloquent Baptist minister from Atlanta, King often used religious references in his speeches. On the night before his death, he told an audience in Memphis, Tennessee: “I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.”background to the speechMarch on Washington In August 1963, thousands of Americans marched on Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to pass a civil rights bill. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before more than 200,000 people.text analysis: argumentIn an argument,a writer or speaker takes a position on an issue and provides support for the position by appealing strictly to reason. The position is referred to as the claim,or proposition. The supportfor the claim may be reasons, evidence, or both—but this support should be credible, relevant to the claim, and of sufficient quality to be persuasive. In “I Have a Dream,” King makes this claim about the status of African Americans:But one hundred years later [after the Emancipation Proclamation],the Negro still is not free. . . .
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