speech and language teaching concepts for I Have a Dream in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/dr/ initial
/v/ final

Themes:

Black History Month

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

I Have a Dream

By Martin Luther King, Jr.

On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation's history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson's magnificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike. The themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, 50 years later, but also provide young readers with an important introduction to our nation's past.

This powerful Black History Month themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional topics like unity and persistence. It is beautifully illustrated and provides great opportunities for illustration study. It is also great for targeting /dr/ and the /v/ sound.  Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using I Have a Dream in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode
historical text

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
character analysis
illustration study
social/emotional
figurative language
social/emotional
inferencing
verbs (present tense)
verbs (mental state)
repetitive text

Vocabulary:

dream, nation, creed, slavery, brotherhood, freedom, justice, transform

Character Analysis:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed America with his profound speech and his bravery and confidence. He saw there was a need for unity between all Americans, no matter the color of their skin.

Social/Emotional:

persistence
courage
including others
confidence
unity
equality
freedom

 

Figurative Language:

anaphoras “Let freedom ring” and “I have a dream”

Grammar:

verbs (present tense)
verbs (mental state)

Inferencing:

Why did Dr. Martin Luther King have a dream for unity?
How do you think people felt after they heard his speech?
How do you think he felt to give his speech?