"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."


Writing Prompts for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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  • Dr. Martin Luther King gave a famous speech entitled "I Have a Dream." In this speech, King shared his dream of a world where all people lived in peace and harmony -- regardless of their skin color. Write about a dream you have for making the world a better place.


  • Make a list of ten things that you can do to make the world a better place.


  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. In your letter, identify one problem in your local community. Explain why the problem is significant and outline steps that people can take to correct it.


  • Brainstorm a list of ways in which people differ and a list of ways in which all people are alike.


  • Imagine that you live in a world where people are separated based on the color of their skin (or the color of their hair, or their height, etc.). What would it be like to live in such a world? How might it change your friendships and/or your family? How would you feel? How would you respond?


  • Write a paragraph explaining how discrimination and prejduice impact our world today.


  • In "The Strength of Love," King claimed that fear was the ultimate cause of hatred, prejudice, and violence. Do you agree or disagree with this assessment? Write a persuasive essay defending your answer.


  • Write a thank-you note thanking Dr. King for his efforts to make the world a better place.


  • Would you participate in a march, a sit-in, or another form of political protest? Write an essay telling why or why not.


  • Pretend that you had an opportunity to interview Dr. King. Write out five questions that you would like to ask him.


  • Think of one thing you can do to improve life in your neighborhood. Create a poster inviting others to join you in your efforts.



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