It took ten hours of research to create a lesson that goes beyond the typical Spanish Class reading lesson of “I have a Dream” translation.
If you are like me, I teach in a community where Dr. King visited and preached. One of our community members was part of the bodyguard contingency when Dr. King visited the Philadelphia area and many others have links to him. While I personally consider his “I have a Dream” speech to be in the top five best speeches in history, my junior high students have heard it every year.
Last year I shared a timeline with a few interesting facts written in Spanish prompting the discussion about how much Dr. King accomplished in such a short life span. Students were surprised to learn that Dr. King had visited some Spanish-speaking countries and that they honored him in different ways. We talked about what it would take for the United States to put a non-US citizen on its stamp. We wondered about how much effort it would take to name a street or park after someone not born in our own country. We watched the PowerPoint and then students wrote their own future legacy.
Many students thanked me for giving them a new twist to this beloved holiday. One very quiet student lingered behind to tell me that his church was very active in doing community service on Dr. King’s birthday. We have had several discussions that his father is raising him to be a leader in his community. He shared that he didn’t think I could teach him anything about Dr. King that he didn’t already know, but I did and he thanked me. I have to admit that I treasured that moment and that my ten hours of research and asking our Venezuelans to help me illustrate this made a difference. This is why I love teaching and find it to be so rewarding. I hope you do, too.
All net proceeds help three Venezuelan families – meet them in this video as they open three boxes I sent to them.
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