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Lesson Plan: The Power of Freedom

Beacon Press' "A Time to Break Silence" cover with picture of King with his arm raised addressing small crowd of people.

A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr., for Students,Beacon Press

Introduction

In partnership with Beacon Press, we've created a series of six lessons as a companion to A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr., for Students. This lesson, The Power of Freedom, focuses on Dr. King’s most well-known and frequently taught classic works, like “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and “I Have a Dream.” Students should read and dicuss the themes in both works and connect to events in their lives today. 

Author: 
Andrea McEvoy Spero
Subject: 
Art, English Language, U.S. History, World History
Grades: 
6-8, 9-12

Essential Question

Did the nonviolent direct action, which King describes in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” successfully transform Birmingham, Alabama from a segregated to a just society in 1963?