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I Have a Dream Teaching Guide

by eNotes

  • Release Date: November 04, 2019
  • Subjects: History, Language Arts, and Literature
  • Age Levels: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 8, and Grade 9
  • Pages: 12
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So you’re going to teach Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Whether it’s your first or hundredth time, this powerful speech has been a mainstay of English classrooms for decades. While it has its challenges—particular allusions and outmoded language— teaching this text to your class will be rewarding for you and your students. Studying King’s speech will give them insight into the civil rights movement, the history of segregation, and important sociological issues surrounding economic equality and voting rights protection. This guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of the text before you begin teaching.


Our eNotes Teaching Guides have been designed to help first-time and veteran teachers open up classic works of literature for their students. Each guide provides creative and practical approaches to teaching the text, as well as rich background information, key plot points, and recommended texts.

The main components of each guide include the following:

  • An overview of the text and its key components
  • Teaching approaches and discussion questions
  • A list of complementary texts

These Teaching Guides offer valuable context and promote meaningful discussions about novels, plays, poems, and stories that have captivated English Language Arts students for generations. Each guide is comprehensive and concise, thought-provoking and practical.