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Student Handout #1

Your teacher will give you an article called “The Dream That Moved America.” Write any information the article provides about Martin Luther King’s ideas.  As you did when viewing TV news stories on Dr. King, sort the ideas into the two columns below.   Remember to write down only what the article tells you about King’s ideas, not other facts about his life or his personal and leadership qualities. 

King’s Ideas I ALREADY Knew About

King’s Ideas I did NOT know before

When you finish the article answer the following three questions:

1. The article quotes people who say that much of King's message has been forgotten. Does the article help to remedy the problem?  Explain. 

2. The Oakland Tribune printed this article, too, but cut out all of the text appearing after the first paragraph in column three above. Do you think that changes the article's point?  Explain. 

3. Should King's birthday be mainly an occasion for celebrating his life or should we also learn about other people who fought (including many who died) in the freedom struggle of the 1950s, 60s and 70s?  Explain.

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Teacher's Guide
Essential Questions
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Additional Projects/Activities I
Additional Projects/Activities II
Additional Projects/Activities III
Additional Projects/Activities IV
Transcript of TV Reports
Michael Eric Dyson
  Materials for Other Activities
Instructions for Essay on King's Giant Triplets
Who Killed Martin Luther King?
St. Martin, The Militant
All Things Censored
Native American Resistance
Day Of Shame
Samples Of Student Work

Urban Dreams
OUSD Curriculum Unit
Hidden In Plain Sight -
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
Radical Vision
Subject: U.S. History
Grade Level: 11th

Lesson Plan Author:
Craig Gordon
Organization: OUSD