A gentle reminder ...

The goal of this blog initially was for Mr. Mc to show his students and friends what he doing while in Pennsylvania and DC in 2011. Now it's being used as a place for him, travelling colleagues and former students to discuss edumacation and history related "stuff" as well as ... well, anything which pops into his head. Mr. Mc would never knowingly embarrass either the school he loves or the family he is devoted to. By joining in the discussion, he expects the same of you.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

King's Speech ... part two

This is the second in four post from a lesson from my classroom. First, we studied the Civil Rights Movement, from Plessy v. Furgeson to lynching to Rosa Parks. We then viewed the I Have a Dream Speech (a verion is posted below). The final step was to analyze the speech, looking for clues to what King was referencing and what he was suggesting to his listeners that hot August day in DC.

I love this video. Dr. King delivering his remarks is on post one.
I decided to switch things up with this. It is twelve levels of awesome.
Step one of the assignments key words...students came up with 8-10 individually; student teams selected the most widely cited words from their list for a team list; I pulled any word appearing in more than two of the three teams lists. The common words were:
  • Dream
  • Freedom
  • Botherhood
Step two was to craft first and individual summary and then a team summary unsing Dr. King's words.
The final step was to put this portion of the speech in their own words, first individually and then collectively. They could craft their submission using a haiku, a 20 word notecard or a tweet. Here is what they teams came up with:
I believe that one day this democracy will uphold its promise of equality and liberty. I believe that every man is equal, not matter what race. #Free@Last
Even though we have faced hardships, we know that all people can live together in harmony. We can live a new paradise. #Free@Last
I belive one day
Everyone will be equal
And come together
Some of the individual submissions I really liked included:
I hope that someday, blacks and whites wil be considered equals.
I hope our nation built on "all men are created equal' will rise. I wish children of any color could be together. I wish even the worst state could be an equal place for all. #Free@Last
Martin has a vision
That one day we'll have freedom
Together we'll stand
The second cutting from the I Have A Dream Speech
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence...must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny…We cannot walk alone. As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "For Whites Only". We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

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