This post is a “reblog” from several years ago. This is still one of the BEST lessons I ever taught in the classroom!
Every teacher has days when they reflect on a lesson and think, “Wow, that did not work out like I expected.” Then there are the days when everything clicks. The students respond in amazing ways and you know that you hit a “sweet” spot. Today was one of those “sweet” spot days!
In honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King Holiday, we conducted a close read text about his life and his most famous speech. We started the class by dreaming. Yes, we were dreaming. I asked students to think about what their BIG dream would be for our country or even our world. I was amazed at their answers!
After discussing their dreams, I introduced someone else who had BIG dreams, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The students watched this mini-bio about Dr. King.
The class conducted their close read and responded to the text through a series of…
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