Historic 'I Have a Dream Speech' remembered at Poplar Grove
FSSD Teacher Jennifer Lampley reads to third and fourth graders for a project celebrating and studying the fifty-year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's
speech, "I Have a Dream."
Poplar Grove Elementary third and fourth grade students in the Franklin Special School District designed a mural to represent Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech that defined the American Civil Rights Movement, “I Have a Dream,” which he orated 50 years ago today.
Jennifer Lampley, accelerated learning teacher for grades K-4, led the project.
Incorporating math and reading into the project, students read a biography, Martin Luther King, Jr. Man of Peace by Patricia and Frederick McKissack and Martin's Big Words, by Doreen Rappaport, who was present at the March on Washington in 1963.
Students used the number of people in attendance – 250,000 – and the percentage of black and white attendees (80 percent/20 percent) to determine there were 200,000 black people and 50,000 white people present for the speech that day.
After discussing how students could represent the large number on a construction paper mural of the Washington Mall, students decided to cut 2,500 circles with each circle symbolizing 100 people.
About 2,000 black circles and 500 white circles were cut to represent the crowd’s population. Students cut about 200 circles each or the mural as well as devised a graph showing the percentage.
Principal Alisha Erickson and Assistant Principal Darwin Mason help the second and third grade students place dots on the mural depicting the number of people who attended the March on Washington 50 years ago today. Teacher Jennifer Lampley created the lesson to include any student who wanted to participate.
“Students have commented that gluing these circles on the mural has helped them better understand how many people were present that day,” because we keep gluing and gluing but there are still so many people that still need to be added to the mural,” Lampley said.
Posted on: 8/28/2013