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Teaching American History Lesson Plan Barbara Scioscia Reed Land Liberty and the Struggle for the American Dream Historical Perspectives In Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry I Have a Dream Speech Overview The lessons presented will help student utilize comprehensive reading strategies to explore racial discrimination and prejudice as portrayed by Mildred Taylor in her autobiographical historical fiction book called Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry This Historic Fiction is a perfect vehicle to allow students to internalize authentic historic issues of 1930 s American South as experienced by fictional characters The Logan Family Examining primary documents such as the Jim Crow Laws Emancipation Proclamation and Declaration of Independence while reading this book will encourage students to examine the struggles African Americans experienced in order to claim their rights and freedom To help students recognize the slow progress America has made in providing freedom and rights to all her inhabitants students will examine Dr Martin Luther King famous speech I Have a Dream It is a most powerful piece of persuasive writing one that moved people to action and change It is most worthy of being carefully read comprehended and reflected upon in order to appreciate the dynamic impact it had on those present as well as those who read it today Scioscia Reed B May 2008 1 Possible Subject Area s Social Studies Reading and Writing Target Grades 5 7 Essential Understanding Obtaining basic rights as granted in the Declaration of Independence and experiencing freedom from oppression as mandated in the Emancipation proclamation was a continuous struggle for African Americans Essential Questions What were the racial conflicts between whites and blacks during the 1930 s in American s south What is the significance of land in the creation of an American Identify Why was Martin Luther s Speech I have a Dream significant effective and necessary CT Standards Standard 2 Historical Comprehension A Identify



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