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Keywords: Podcasting, Book Making, Speeches, Short Stoires, Poems, PowerPoint, Writing Process
Subject(s): Reading, Writing, Podcasting, Technology, Photography, English/Language Arts
Grades 9 through 12
School: East Early College High School, Houston, TX
Planned By: Shirley Lyons
Original Author: Shirley Lyons, Houston
Introduce the Unit

Lesson One:
1. Students define "Dreams" in their own words.
2. Students complete the following sentences:
Life without Dreams.........
Dreams make life............
3. Students make a list of their dreams
4. Students illustrate or create a collage that reflect their dreams.

Lesson Two:
Students read and discuss Langston Hughes’ work:
Mother to Son
Dream Deferred
Thank You, Ma'm
Madam and the Rent Man

For each selection, students take photos that reflect the work.

Lesson Three:
Students will read and discuss excerpts of speeches from:
John F. Kennedy's inauguration speech of 1961
Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream”

Lesson Four:
Students engage in the writing process (Prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) for their own "I Have a Dream Speech."

Lesson Five:
Students create a PowerPoint presentation using the images taken throughout this “Dream” unit. While delivering their written speech, their PowerPoint presentation is shown.

Lesson Six:
Students create a pod cast of their speeches and an audio CD is made as a collection from the pod casts.

Final Project:
A collection of student writing and images are bound into a tenth grade Dream Book.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This unit can easily be expanded into a cross curriculum unit on Dreams. History units on wars or with the Holocaust unit, as well as exploring what the Great American Dream was for immigrants. Science can examine the quest of landing on the moon. Math could incorporate calculations that reflect the cost of dreams (cost of education, purchases of desired items, etc.)
Materials: Podcasting, Flash/USB Drives, Batteries, Camera Bags, Digital Voice Recorders, Mobile Labs, Slideshow