English teacher Merita Hohxa invited English Language Fellow Lynn Zimmerman to create a presentation about Martin Luther King, Jr. for her middle school classes in Elbasan, Albania.
After a brief introduction about King, Zimmerman led the students in a matching activity where students matched dates with important events in King’s life. Zimmerman also played an excerpt from his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The students discussed the speech’s rhetorical strategies, his powerful and unique speaking style, and the historical importance of the speech.
The students also wrote their own “I Have a Dream” statements on individual cards that they shared with the rest of the class. This cultural activity helped the class learn about and appreciate one of the most important figures in American history.