Tuesday, September 14, 2010
"One day, this nation will rise up..."
Note: I'll try to publish a post about the primary election today, but it won't be until much later tonight, and I might not get to it until tomorrow.
I hope you enjoyed watching Dr. King's speech today. I watched it five times today and I got goosebumps every time. He's an amazing speaker who accomplished great things--a great communicator who chose the right message, the right methods, and the right character.
Here is a link to the text, the audio, and a video clip of his speech.
Here is a link to the Youtube of his full speech. It's about 17 minutes long.
Your homework deals with the message of his speech. What about his methods? Why is his speech so powerful? Why did he choose to speak at the Lincoln Memorial? What else is important about the setting? Why does he speak with a sing-song, wavering voice at times? What books and documents does he quote from? Why do you think he quotes from these books and documents?
For tomorrow: Please make sure you have a pen for class tomorrow. You will be taking a short diagnostic test. You don't need to study for this test. You won't be graded based on how much you know. I just want to be aware of what the class already knows, so that I don't reteach things that you already know or start talking about things that don't yet make sense to you. Of course, you should also have your binder with all of your notes in class every day.