I Have A Dream
Martin Luther King's famous speech, I Have A Dream, lets all of us know
what he was thinking. It lets us in on the dreams Dr. King had for all people. Some of his dreams
have come true and others need more help.
Dr. King was not alone. We all have dreams of our own. In the following essay,
you will follow your dreams and write about them. You will write a five paragraph essay.
The order of your paragraphs is left up to you but, you must have one paragraph on
each of the following:
- Dreams I have for myself
- Dreams I have for my family
- Dreams I have for my school
- Dreams I have for my country
- Dreams I have the the world
Each paragraph must have a topic sentence, at least three supporting sentences, and
a concluding sentence.
I have a dream for my country. I dream that one day, very soon, everyone will have a
place to live. Being homeless must give a person an awful feeling. It just is not right
that some people have no place to call home. It is everyone's responsibility to see
that all people, especially children, have a place to go each night that is warm,
safe, and welcome. Homelessness is something that can be eradicated. We all have to
become part of the solution.
All paragraphs must have:
An Introduction sentence-
I have a dream for ... myself, my family, my school,
my country, or my world
A Topic sentence/s-
I dream that one day, very soon, everyone will have a
place to live.
Three or more Supporting sentences-
Being homeless must give a person an
A Concluding sentence-
It just is not right
that some people have no place to call home.
It is everyone's responsibility to see
that all people, especially children, have a place to go to each night that is warm,
safe, and welcome.
Homelessness is something that can be eradicated. We all have to
become part of the solution.
1. You will start by making a web or chart that list the five areas you are to cover (myself,
family, school, country and world). For example, the web area for the paragraph
written above might look like this:
Note, there are no complete sentences in your web, just words or pharses to remind you
of your ideas.
Supporting ideas or reasons:
- awful feeling
- no place to call home
- safe, warm, welcome, for everyone, especially children
- can be solved
2.Then you will state what the main idea for each paragraph.
3. Then under each main idea, you will list supporting statement that will tell
why you want this dream to come true.
4.You will write the 1st rough draft of your five paragraph essay using the information
on the web or chart.
5. You will type your rough draft into a wordprocessor, spell check and print.
6. You will proofread your essay and get three other people to proofread your essay. Be
sure they sigh your paper so they can get credit for their public service to you.
7. Edit your work based on the feedback from your classmates.
8. Print out a copy and give it to the teacher for proofreading.
9. After you get it back, make any final corrections and turn in all your work.
This includes your -web or chart, -written rought draft, -typed and proofread (by
at least three people) rough draft, -copy, proofread by teacher draft, and -final copy.
10. You may volunteer to read one of your paragraphs from your essay at a special
assembly during Black History Month.
Your essay will be graded based on the following:
Before you turn your final packet into me, check the following:
- up to 25 points for your web,
- up to 25 points for all your written, typed, and proofread rough drafts,
- up to 50 points for the final copy with all corrections,
for a total of 100 points.
- Did I include my web that has a main idea and at least three supporting reason
for each of the five areas of my essay?____
- Did I include my written rough draft?____
- Did I include my first typed copy with a least three signatures showing the students
that proofread my work?____
- Did I include the corrected typed copy, I submitted to the teacher for proofreading?____
- Did I include the final copy with all the correction necessary to show my best work?____
This page was created on Feb 20, 1997.
(c) Thomas C. and Mary L. O'Haver, 1997