As you know, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is right around the corner. In celebration of King and to build awareness of his legacy, I like to have students read and analyze his speech, “What is Your Life’s Blueprint?”
Have you ever read or heard this speech? If not, stop reading this post right now, and check it out!
It’s such a powerful and motivating speech. My favorite part is that he gave this speech to a group of junior high students. Now, 48 years later, another group of students is hearing his message…and his words are just as real and relevant and important as ever.
When teaching this speech, I like to have students build background on Martin Luther King, Jr. by completing a timeline. Then, to help them develop context for the speech, they work in small groups to investigate Jim Crow Laws, Segregation, The Montgomery Bus Boycott, and The Civil Rights Movement. After reading the speech, students are encouraged to react to the speech, connect to the speech, and analyze the speech. My favorite part is the reflection they write in response to King’s words.
King’s message in “What is Your Life’s Blueprint” is clear…
and it’s just as powerful and inspiring as it was the day he delivered the speech. Now, that’s something worth celebrating on his day!
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