Sunday, November 17, 2013

I Have a Dream

Title: I Have a Dream 
Author: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson 
Publisher: Schwartz and Wade 
Publication Date: October, 2012 
Genre/Format: Non-Fiction/Picture Book 
GoodReads Summary: On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial looking out over thousands of troubled Americans who had gathered in the name of civil rights and uttered his now famous words, "I have a dream . . ." It was a speech that changed the course of history.
This anniversary edition honors Martin Luther King Jr.'s courageous dream and his immeasurable contribution by presenting his most memorable words in a concise and convenient edition. As Coretta Scott King says in her foreword, "This collection includes many of what I consider to be my husband's most important writings and orations." In addition to the famed keynote address of the 1963 march on Washington, the renowned civil rights leader's most influential words included here are the "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," the essay "Pilgrimage to Nonviolence," and his last sermon, "I See the Promised Land," preached the day before he was assassinated.
Editor James M. Washington arranged the selections chronologically, providing headnotes for each selection that give a running history of the civil rights movement and related events. In his introduction, Washington assesses King's times and significance. 
What I Think: I am always amazed at Kadir Nelson's artwork and his paintings bring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s words to life in I Have a Dream. I couldn't think of anyone more qualified to put artwork to this famous speech. I have always thought that his art is amazing and truly captures the emotion and epicness of the people or circumstances he paints. There's not much else to say except for I definitely recommend this book if you are sharing the I Have a Dream speech.  
Read Together: Grades 1 - 12 
Read Alone: Grades 3 - 12 
Read With: My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris, Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport  
Reading Strategies to Practice: Activating Background Knowledge, Making Connections, Visualizing 
Writing Strategies to Practice: Personal Narrative, Expository 
Writing Prompts: Write about how you feel after listening to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech and seeing Kadir Nelson's illustrations. 
Topics Covered: Equality, Dreams, Hopes 
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