Thursday, January 23, 2014

Write a Dream Speech

Martin Luther King, Jr. would have celebrated his 85th birthday this month. Each January, when reading or listening to a recording of Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream” speech, we’re reminded of the power of his words and how they helped inspire change in America. There are several good books about Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. One favorite picture book is My Brother Martin written by his sister Christine King Farris with wonderful illustrations by Chris Soenpiet. This book shares how Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up in Atlanta in the 1930’s. He liked to joke and had to practice the piano like a lot of children still do, but Martin was told by his white neighbors that they couldn’t play with him because of the color of his skin. That’s when he first began to realize the need for change in the world.
All dreams are possible. Try writing a “Dream” speech. The following questions may help focus writing ideas:
  • What is something special you hope to happen soon?
  • What do you hope or dream about happening for your family?
  • Do you have any hopes or dreams for your friends?
  • Do you have any hopes or dreams for the world?

Now, just as Dr. King did, speak your “dream” speech aloud to share the power of your hopeful words.


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