• Before the lesson...



    1. We set up Actively Learn.
    ​2. Highlighting on an iPad. (TAP TAP SLIDE)
    3. Rhetorical devices activity


    Click here for Session Zero Instructions

    When is it Okay to Break the Law? | Civil Disobedience

    Is civil disobedience an oxymoron?  Is there ever an instance where it is acceptable to break the law?  During an era of civil rights issues and discourse, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used writing as one of many weapons to fight the injustices of this period.  

    ​This lesson will analyze Dr. King's use of rhetorical devices and how they affected his overall message as we review excerpts from "Letter from a Birmingham Jail".  

    During this lesson,  you will:

    • CRITICALLY THINK about the rationale and effectiveness of Dr. King's use of rhetorical devices in persuasive writing in Letter from a Birmingham Jail.
    • COLLABORATE with peers to understand the effectiveness of literary techniques in Dr. King's essay.
    • COMMUNICATE an understanding of the purpose and background of civil disobedience and the civil rights movement. 
    • CREATE an original  product from a choice board that demonstrates application of persuasive literary techniques and rhetorical devices.

    After walking through the lesson as a student, you will have an opportunity to explore the tools and resources demonstrated.  Consider ways you might use at least one of the tools and/or activities shown today in future lessons and classes.

    Standards Addressed

    Lesson Walkthrough

    1. Let's Think.

    REVIEW the Discussion Starter questions on your table, and/or in the Thinglink image above.  (The image may also be accessed here: Behold My Son. In your group, discuss as many of the questions as possible within the time frame allotted.  Your group should be prepared to share out when selected.
    • Remember, if you need help reading or understanding any of the text provided, just copy and paste the text in the yellow box in Rewordify.

    2. Let's Talk...Your POV.

    1. THINK of an example where someone would think it was "okay" to break the law. Do not state your opinion, only an example scenario. DISCUSS with your group.
      For example:  A man breaks the speed limit because he is rushing his pregnant wife to the hospital.  
    2. With your group, come to a consensus about the best scenario from your group. Click the  CELL PHONE on the right to enter your scenario. You must enter your scenario in 140 characters or less. 
    3. Is there ever "really" a time where it is okay to break the law? PREPARE to orally defend your point of view during Philosophical Chairs


    3. Let's Move and Discuss. | Philosophical Chairs Activity

    4. Let's Check. | Complete the Philosophical Chairs Report

    5. Let's Read. Using Jigsaw to Piece It All Together

    Read the slide below for your reading assignments.
    ACCESS today's reading in ACTIVELY LEARN by clicking above and using the login credentials provided.

    6. Let's Create.

    Option 1

    Create a poster that contains the following information:
    1. The name of  2-4 rhetorical devices from the rhetorical devices list.
    2. ​A clear explanation of what the rhetorical device means.
    3. An example of the device from Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.
    4. Explain the effect of using this rhetorical device.

    Tool Options:
    • Canva (Example)
    • Tackk (Example)
    • Tool of your choice (Conference with me about your idea.)

    Option 2

    Compose an essay describing the rhetorical purpose of King's letter and analyzing its stylistic and persuasive devices.  Use clearly identified citations from the text to support your writing.  ​

    Option 3

    Create a commercial persuading an audience of your choice to buy, do or feel by using two or more rhetorical devices used by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his letter.  
    At the beginning of your commercial, discuss the rhetorical devices present in your video and compare to the use by Dr. King.  
    Make sure you review the video rubric before you begin.

    ​Tool Options:
    • If you are interested in this option, please see me to talk through applications and storyboards.


    Let's Unpack | Exit Ticket

    • How do you envision this lesson translating to your content area? 
    • What tools modeled in this lesson do you see yourself adding to your digital toolbox
    • Obviously this lesson modeled many digital tools and resources. How could you modify this type of lesson with technology that best fits your comfort level? 


    Web Tools Used in Today's Lesson


    Your Facilitator: 

    Anna Pollard
    Instructional Technology Facilitator
    Email: apollard@wcpss.net | Twitter: @Teach_TechSavy
    *Special Thanks for making this lesson possible to:
    Abbey Futrell, Digitial Innovation Coach
    NC State University
    Email: aafutrel@ncsu.edu | Twitter: @abbeyfutrell