Dr. King Writing Assignment

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Prompts #2

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391. Why do you think it's important for people to have equal rights regardless of race, color, or belief? Why is it difficult for certain people to believe in equal rights?

392. At one time, Dr. King was able to rally 200,000 people to peacefully march for civil rights. What are some causes today that could peacefully get so many people to come together? Where might such a rally occur and why?

393. Imagine that you were in a place where people didn't treat you well because of how you looked or what you believed. How might you feel and why would you feel that way?

394. Dr. King had a dream for a better world. How do you imagine the world will become better during your lifetime and why?

395. What does it mean to "do the right thing?" Why do you think some people choose to do the easy thing as opposed to the right thing?

396. One message that Dr. King preached was peace, even when people are being mean to you. How hard would it be to keep your cool when other people are calling you names? Why do you think Dr. King felt that being peaceful was a better response than fighting back?

397. Describe a conversation between Dr. King and yourself. What questions would you ask him and what would you learn?

398. Why do you think segregation is wrong? How would you try to convince someone in support of segregation that it was not fair? Would you be successful? Why or why not?

399. Describe what the scene may have looked like in Washington, D.C., when tens of thousands of people gathered for Dr. King's "I Have a Dream Speech." Make sure to include how people reacted to the words he spoke.

400. What would you use your powers of speech for if you were as strong an orator as Dr. King? What subjects would you speak about and how would you use your speaking powers for a good cause?

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    Written by Bryan Cohen

    Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.

    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.

    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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