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Determine author's purpose in a speech

Determine author's purpose in a speech

Author: Sherryl Quellhorst

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to determine the purpose of MLK Jr's "I Have a Dream Speech" using quotations from the speech and references to other sources to support and explain your answer.

In this tutorial, you will establish prior knowledge about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his audience to help you predict what he may have written about. 


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Lesson Activities


You will:

1. Watch a slide show with images of events prior to the speech.

2. QuickWrite 2-3 sentences in response to the slideshow.

3. Read a brief biography about Dr. King.

4. Enter your prediction and your explanation on the form in this tutorial.

Civil Rights Images

Click on the arrow to download the PowerPoint. Look at all 10 images and read the caption for each. Be prepared to discuss the images and information.


How were you affected by the photos and information about the Civil Rights struggles? How would you describe that time period?

Write 2-3 sentences on your own paper and bring it to class.

Brief Biography of Martin Luther King Jr.

Look for information that will help you determine what Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech is most likely about.

Make A Prediction About the Speech

Now that you have viewed the PowerPoint and the Brief Bio, complete the following question form.

Tutorial Lesson is Completed After You Submit Your Answers!

Be ready to discuss your answers in class.