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ACTIVITY: HELP THE DREAM COME TRUE

TIME: 20-40 MIN

FOCUS: Act Courageously; ALSO: Respect Self & Others, Forgive

 
STEP 1 - WORKSHEET
  • Pass out the "Keep the Dream Alive; Help the Dream Come True" worksheet and have the class read aloud the sentence describing Dr. King’s dream. For the lower grades, you might substitute the picture of Dr. King for the text from his 12/24/67 sermon.
  • OPTION: Show a video of the last part of Dr. King’s "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, August, 1963; or read dramatically the excerpts of Dr. King’s "I Still Have a Dream" sermon (12/24/67)
 
STEP 2 – BRAINSTORMING AND DISCUSSION
  • Ask the students for different things that they have done or could do to help Dr. King’s dream come true. Write these on the board or newsprint.
 
STEP 3 - PERSONAL DECISIONS
  • Ask the students to answer the first two questions on the worksheet. Roam the room encouraging them, offering your help if they need it.
  • OPTION: You might also construct a "We Will Help the Dream Come True Wheel" (a large piece of poster board with a picture of Dr. King and his words in the middle) and ask students to write on a strip of construction paper the one way they will help Dr. King’s dream come true.
 
STEP 4 – ANNOUNCING DECISIONS
  • Have students announce what they decided to do. Be sure to announce your own commitment. If you are using the "We Will Wheel," have the students announce their action decision one at a time and tape it to the wheel as a spoke coming out from the center.
 
CHECKLIST FOR THIS ACTIVITY:
  • Copies of the "Help the Dream Come True" worksheet
  • Video of Dr. King’s speech or the excerpts from "I Still Have a Dream"
  • A "We Will Help the Dream Come True Wheel"
  • Strips of construction paper

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