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Grade 12 - 7 - Coretta Scott King's Mother's Day Speech

teaches Common Core State Standards RST.11-12.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RST/11-12/5
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.11-12.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/11-12/5
teaches Common Core State Standards RH.11-12.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RH/11-12/2

Grade 12 - 7 - Coretta Scott King's Mother's Day Speech

Coretta Scott King gave a speech on April 27, 1968 in New York City that is commonly referred to as the "Mother's Day Speech".  Just three weeks following the assassination of her husband, she took his place by giving a speech which focused on two themes - the war in Vietnam and the upcoming Poor People's March in Washington D.C. In this lesson students will discuss the speech and listen to a reading of the Langston Hughes poem "Mother to Son" that Mrs. King read to conclude her speech.

Grade 12 Government DC Scope and Sequence:

DC Content Power Standards

  • 12.6.4: Describe the means that citizens use to participate in the political process (e.g., voting, campaigning, lobbying, filing a legal challenge, demonstrating, petitioning, picketing, and running for political office).

DC Content Supporting Standards

  • 12.8.4: Understand the obligations of civic-mindedness, including voting, being informed on civic issues, volunteering and performing public service, and serving in the military or alternative service.

C3 Framework Indicators for Common Core Literacy in History/Social Studies:

  • D4.7: Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.