Speech Analysis of MLK Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech" with five different lesson ideas. Author: Andrew Dlugan.

This resource provides a video of MLK Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech," a transcript of the speech, and five different lessons to consider when analyzing the speech.  These are not teacher-formatted lessons, but rather five different areas ares to think about; however, they can easily be incorporated in teaching rhetorical devices within the speech. The five lessons are as follows: emphasizing phrases by repeating at the beginning of sentences (anaphora), repeat key theme words throughout speech (subtle repetition), utilize appropriate quotations or allusions, use specific examples to ground your argument, and use metaphors to highlight contrasting concepts.  Each of these include specific examples from the speech and discusses how these devices are effective. This resource can be used as a catalyst for ideas in planning lessons with "I Have a Dream" speech.  Each section gives various ideas and examples, which can be included in teaching analysis or in analyzing the speech as a whole group.  The video and transcript will prove helpful as well.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3001.2.4
Analyze the style and structure of a challenging speech.
CLE 3001.2.5
Understand strategies for expressing ideas clearly and effectively in a variety of oral contexts.
CLE 3002.2.4
Analyze the style and structure of a challenging speech.
CLE 3002.2.5
Understand strategies for expressing ideas clearly and effectively in a variety of oral contexts.
CLE 3003.2.4
Analyze the style and structure of a complex speech.
CLE 3003.2.5
Understand strategies for expressing ideas clearly and effectively in a variety of oral contexts.
CLE 3005.2.4
Analyze the style and structure of a complex speech.
CLE 3005.2.5
Understand strategies for expressing ideas clearly and effectively in a variety of oral contexts.
 
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Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding

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