Students were given a copy of an artifact from 1963 that is part of the
’s exhibit on the
Civil Rights Movement. Students examined
the artifact and were asked to give predictions as to what it might be,
describe certain characteristics of it to their peers, and how it might have
impacted the events of that time. The
students determined that it was a flyer that advertised the August 28, 1963 March on Smithsonian
Museum Washington during which Dr. King gave his famous speech.
In groups, we talked about how the March impacted the movement and how
it fit into the overall message of the movement.
|A few students working together in a group describing the artifact|
As a class, we read part of King’s speech and talked about the elements of speech writing that were included, like repetition and symbolism. The famous part of the speech was actually read to us by King as we watched a recording of the infamous day. The students seemed to learn a lot more about the significance of Dr. King’s speech. Check out our blog tomorrow to see the students’ written responses on what they think of the speech and its significance.