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This is a reading road map in which the students work their way through the famous speech, "I Have a Dream."


  • Language Arts > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


Martin Luther King reading road map



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LA.6-8.1.A.3a: English Language Arts

Apply knowledge of word origins and derivations to comprehend words used in specific content areas (e.g., scientific, political, literary, mathematical).

LA.6-8.1.A.3b: English Language Arts

Analyze the meaning of words and phrases in their context.

LA.6-8.1.B.3a: English Language Arts

Preview reading materials, make predictions and relate reading to information from other sources.

LA.6-8.1.B.3b: English Language Arts

Identify text structure and create a visual representation (e.g., graphic organizer, outline, drawing) to use while reading.

LA.6-8.1.B.3c: English Language Arts

Continuously check and clarify for understanding (e.g., in addition to previous skills, draw comparisons to other readings).

LA.6-8.1.B.3d: English Language Arts

Read age-appropriate material with fluency and accuracy.

LA.6-8.1.C.3a: English Language Arts

Use information to form, explain and support questions and predictions.

LA.6-8.1.C.3b: English Language Arts

Interpret and analyze entire narrative text using story elements, point of view and theme.

LA.6-8.1.C.3c: English Language Arts

Compare, contrast and evaluate ideas and information from various sources and genres.

LA.6-8.1.C.3d: English Language Arts

Summarize and make generalizations from content and relate them to the purpose of the material.

LA.6-8.1.C.3e: English Language Arts

Compare how authors and illustrators use text and art across materials to express their ideas (e.g., foreshadowing, flashbacks, color, strong verbs, language that inspires).

LA.6-8.1.C.3f: English Language Arts

Interpret tables that display textual information and data in visual formats.

LA.6-8.2.A.3a: English Language Arts

Identify and analyze a variety of literary techniques (e.g., figurative language, allusion, dialogue, description, word choice, dialect) within classical and contemporary works representing a variety of genres.

LA.6-8.2.A.3b: English Language Arts

Describe how the development of theme, character, plot and setting contribute to the overall impact of a piece of literature.

LA.6-8.2.A.3c: English Language Arts

Identify characteristics and authors of various literary forms (e.g., short stories, novels, drama, fables, biographies, documentaries, poetry, science fiction).

LA.6-8.2.A.3d: English Language Arts

Identify ways that an author uses language structure, word choice and style to convey the author's viewpoint.

LA.6-8.2.B.3a: English Language Arts

Respond to literary material from personal, creative and critical points of view.

LA.6-8.2.B.3b: English Language Arts

Compare and contrast common literary themes across various societies and eras.

LA.6-8.2.B.3c: English Language Arts

Analyze how characters in literature deal with conflict, solve problems and relate to real-life situations.

LA.6-8.3.A.3: English Language Arts

Write compositions that contain complete sentences and effective paragraphs using English conventions.

LA.6-8.3.B.3a: English Language Arts

Produce documents that convey a clear understanding and interpretation of ideas and information and display focus, organization, elaboration and coherence.

LA.6-8.3.B.3b: English Language Arts

Edit and revise for word choice, organization, consistent point of view and transitions among paragraphs using contemporary technology and formats suitable for submission and/or publication.

LA.6-8.3.C.3a: English Language Arts

Compose narrative, informative, and persuasive writings (e.g., in addition to previous writings, literature reviews, instructions, news articles, correspondence) for a specified audience.

LA.6-8.3.C.3b: English Language Arts

Using available technology, produce compositions and multimedia works for specified audiences.

LA.6-8.4.A.3a: English Language Arts

Demonstrate ways (e.g., ask probing questions, provide feedback to a speaker, summarize and paraphrase complex spoken messages) that listening attentively can improve comprehension.

LA.6-8.4.A.3b: English Language Arts

Compare a speaker's verbal and nonverbal messages.

LA.6-8.4.A.3c: English Language Arts

Restate and carry out multistep oral instructions.

LA.6-8.4.A.3d: English Language Arts

Demonstrate the ability to identify and manage barriers to listening (e.g., noise, speaker credibility, environmental distractions).

LA.6-8.4.B.3a: English Language Arts

Deliver planned oral presentations, using language and vocabulary appropriate to the purpose, message and audience; provide details and supporting information that clarify main ideas; and use visual aids and contemporary technology as support.

LA.6-8.4.B.3b: English Language Arts

Design and produce reports and multi-media compositions that represent group projects.

LA.6-8.4.B.3c: English Language Arts

Develop strategies to manage or overcome communication anxiety and apprehension (e.g., sentence outlining, note cards).

LA.6-8.4.B.3d: English Language Arts

Use verbal and nonverbal communication strategies to maintain communications and to resolve conflict.

LA.6-8.5.A.3a: English Language Arts

Identify appropriate resources to solve problems or answer questions through research.

LA.6-8.5.A.3b: English Language Arts

Design a project related to contemporary issues (e.g., real-world math, career development, community service) using multiple sources.

LA.6-8.5.B.3a: English Language Arts

Choose and analyze information sources for individual, academic and functional purposes.

LA.6-8.5.B.3b: English Language Arts

Identify, evaluate and cite primary sources.

LA.6-8.5.C.3a: English Language Arts

Plan, compose, edit and revise documents that synthesize new meaning gleaned from multiple sources.

LA.6-8.5.C.3b: English Language Arts

Prepare and orally present original work (e.g., poems, monologues, reports, plays, stories) supported by research.

LA.6-8.5.C.3c: English Language Arts

Take notes, conduct interviews, organize and report information in oral, visual and electronic formats.

LA.7.2.1: English Language Arts

Establish and adjust purposes for reading, including to find out, to understand, to interpret, to enjoy and to solve problems.

LA.7.2.2: English Language Arts

Predict or hypothesize as appropriate from information in the text, substantiating with specific references to textual examples that may be in widely separated sections of text.

LA.7.2.3: English Language Arts

Make critical comparisons across text, noting author's style as well as literal and implied content of text.

LA.7.2.4: English Language Arts

Summarize the information in texts, using key ideas, supporting details and referencing gaps or contradictions.

LA.7.2.5: English Language Arts

Select, create and use graphic organizers to interpret textual information.

LA.7.2.6: English Language Arts

Answer literal, inferential, evaluative and synthesizing questions to demonstrate comprehension of grade-appropriate print texts and electronic and visual media.

LA.7.2.7: English Language Arts

Monitor own comprehension by adjusting speed to fit the purpose, or by skimming, scanning, reading on, looking back, note taking or summarizing what has been read so far in text.

LA.7.2.8: English Language Arts

Use criteria to choose independent reading materials (e.g., personal interest, knowledge of authors and genres or recommendations from others).

LA.7.2.9: English Language Arts

Independently read books for various purposes (e.g., for enjoyment, for literary experience, to gain information or to perform a task).
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-06-19.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This resource provides an excellent lesson and graphic organizer as an introduction to a larger social justice unit, designed to offer an understanding of the racial discrimination that African Americans faced. An excellent road map accompanies Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous informational persuasive I Have A Dream speech. The road map guides the student to look for signs helpful to reading and understanding the speech. The student is carefully prompted to preview, predict, connect, understand vocabulary, literary devices, close read, and use reading strategies that proficient readers use.
S.E. Greenwood
August 8, 2012

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