I Have a Metaphor

During the month of January, many teachers turn to the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. and the morals that he preached to all people, regardless of race, creed, beliefs and age. This lesson not only examines the message of Dr. King, but also the words themselves. This is a lesson in identifying the literary devices that he used in his "I Have A Dream" Speech. It will introduce the following literary devices: analogy, symbolism, use of chronology, personification, metaphor, figurative language and the effective use of repetition.

Grade Level: 5-9

Time Allotment: Four 50-60 minute classes

Subject Matter: History, English, Technology, Current Events

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

National Standards for United States History
(from the National Center for History in the Schools)

Chronological Thinking: Historical Comprehension Historical Analysis and Interpretation

Standards for English Language Arts (sponsored by NCTE and IRA) This lesson was developed by Anna Chan Rekate.

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