Challenge for Week of 20 May: making inferences

Due date: Friday, 23 May, @ 3PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s celebrated “I Have a Dream” speech (2:10 – 3:50 in the video below)

So, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow. I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

a. Describe King’s state of mind. Identify specific words and phrases from his speech to support your inferences.

b. What technique is used most often in this speech to engage his audience?

c. Synthesize: Dr. King was a great orator and is still considered one of the best public speakers. What do you learn from reading his speech and watching his delivery (see video below: 05:40 – end) that will help you to (i) write your “This I believe” speech and (ii) deliver your speech to a teenage audience?

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6 Responses to “Challenge for Week of 20 May: making inferences”

  1. Amy says:

    a. Describe King’s state of mind. Identify specific words and phrases from his speech to support your inferences.
    – In my opinion, King’s state of mind at that moment was optimistic as evidenced by his statement “that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.” He did not stop dreaming even though the trials that his race are facing are quite tough.

    b. What technique is used most often in this speech to engage his audience?
    According to Wikipedia, “voice merging is a common technique used amongst African American preachers. It combines the voices of previous preachers and excerpts from scriptures along with their own unique thoughts to create a unique voice. King uses voice merging in his peroration when he references the secular hymn “America”. By using this technique, King adds a level of power to his rhetoric.” Therefore, I think that King was very effective in using this technique.

    c. Synthesize: Dr. King was a great orator and is still considered one of the best public speakers. What do you learn from reading his speech and watching his delivery (see video below: 05:40 – 08:05) that will help you to (i) write your “This I believe” speech and (ii) deliver your speech to a teenage audience?
    – He was very persuasive in his speech and he was very optimistic in delivering his opinions that you cannot help but believe and be convinced. He was like a pastor delivering a sermon to the congregation convincing them about the good days that are about to come. In his speech, it was like he was encouraging the listeners to also dream and look forward to those dreams. I learned from his speech how contagious optimism can be.

  2. Daisuke says:

    a. King’s state of mind is towards unity and equality in all aspect of life. The specific word or phrase is “I have a dream”.

    b. The technique used is mood because that is the way the author would like to engage his audience or to make his readers feels his message.

    c.
    i. I learned from his speech that will help me do my “This I believe” speech is that I need to use specific words and phrases to express my thought clearly.

    ii. I learned from his speech that will help me to deliver my speech is that I need to speak clearly and slowly, and use some body language.

  3. Sunny says:

    a. Describe King’s state of mind. Identify specific words and phrases from his speech to support your inferences.
    MLK repeated the word “dream” to tell the citizens or the African-Americans that there is still a lot hope for them.
    b. What technique is used most often in this speech to engage his audience?
    MLK use the technique conduplicatio. This technique is repeating the important words that they want to emphasise to people.
    c. Synthesize: Dr. King was a great orator and is still considered one of the best public speakers. What do you learn from reading his speech and watching his delivery (see video below: 05:40 – end) that will help you to (i) write your “This I believe” speech and (ii) deliver your speech to a teenage audience?
    MLK made the speech was brief and straight to the point. He left people wanting more. He also choose strong phrases or words (I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood) to persuade people. I learned short and strong words is the best speech that will persuade other people.

  4. Jiyoon says:

    a. I infer that Martin Luther King is very hopeful of the future for s fellow black Americans. He is very passionate about his beliefs on the discrimination of his people. However, in his speech, by his repetition of the phrase “I have a dream…” implies that he sees the future to be fair and equal for the Negroes. We can infer that he was not losing hope.

    b. Martin Luther King Jr. used many devices in his speech to engage his audience. First. he used repetition a lot as seen in his sentences that always start with “I have a dream…”. This is a very useful technique because it effectively emphasizes his visions of the Negroes. It puts importance to his dream of equality among Americans. Also, the repetition makes the speech more memorable.

    c. He made use of rhetorical effects to make his speech great and memorable. When I watched his delivery, the tone of his voice is the very first thing I noticed. As what I answered in the previous question, his most effective technique, at least for me, was his repetition. However, it would not be as effective as it was if it were not for his tone. He was really rhythmic with his words so the flow was very commanding. I believe that I should employ this kind of technique when I write my speech. I should try to incorporate repetition so the audience will remember it. When I deliver my speech, I should take notice of my tone. I could give my speech some flow so I would be able to grab the audience’s attention.

  5. Atheer says:

    a. Martin Luther King is feeling positive when he said “So, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow. I still have a dream.” Even if there were problems he still believed in his dream.
    b. In his speech he repeated ” I have a dream” in all his lines.
    c. I learned that it is important to use simple but strong language. Also when he talks straight body and the voice is loud.

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