I Have A Dream
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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.
Example: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
- 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 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:
- awful feeling
- no place to call home
- safe, warm, welcome, for everyone, especially children
- can be solved
Supporting ideas or reasons:
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:
- 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?____
Sample of one student's project with drafts and final copy
Student handout that may help faciliate writing the rough draft
This page was created on Feb 20, 1997.
(c) Thomas C. and Mary L. O'Haver, 1997
1. My dream for my country is not different than the dream of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Unfortunately soon we will complete seven decades since independence but Quaid’s dreams is yet to come true. But, What was Quaid’s dream?
Father of the Nation, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, always wanted to see a prosperous Pakistan — a country that could be a shining example for all the Muslim nations in the world. A beautiful mosaic of all ethnic communities, religious sects and indifferent but vivid colors of culture and heritage. A country that leads from front 2. Since the day I was born, I am desperate to see any sign of improvement in any aspect of life in my country . What I see is that there is corruption, unemployment, poor health facilities, Povert, death of innocent kids due to femine and a very low literacy rate! And for last many years terrorism, Bloodsheds, Killings, Killing in the name of false prestige and honour, Abduction for ransom, brain drain towards foreign countries, killing of talents, killing of our dreams at a gross scale. But I have not given up hope can’t give up our Quaid’s dream would keep dreaming and struggling in my own capacity for a Peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.
A country for all, not for a cult of few elites 3. It is not an impossible dream, as I know well that we are blessed with abundant God gifted resources. First of all we must submit ourselves before the almighty Allah Taalaa and commit ourselves to follow the teachings of his last messenger Prophet Muhammad (SW-Peace be up on him).It is simply a matter of strengthening and reinforcing our faith in Almighty Allah Taalaa Allah Kareem’s blessings and bounties are endless. We have coal mines, rivers, thermal power, nuclear energy, highest mountain’s range, vast fields, brightest sun, Copper, Gold, Silver, Chromite, Granites, best class of marbles in the world and lots of other precious and semi-precious minerals, very talented human capital. And most importantly, a very ambitious majority of youth population 4. If we can utilize these resources to the fullest, we too, can become a successful nation.
5. Unity is any nation’s strength and if we work as one nation with an aim to ‘build Pakistan’, we can become an ideal country to live in. 6. Education is the key to success. But our country lacks in literacy scales. This is one major reason why we lag behind in many fields. 7. Illiteracy eventually leads to unemployment and thus crime in society; of course when people will not get their basic needs fulfilled, they will try to get it the ‘wrong way’! 8. In order to solve all these problems, we need to work together to build our country and for that the foremost requirement is to get rid of corrupt people. 9. Once eligible and honest people replace the corrupt ones, the system of our country will automatically be on the right track.
10. However, as youth we can also play our part in building our nation. 11. The first step is to maintain discipline in all aspects of life. 12. Than study well and help those who are less fortunate than us, like poor children, to gain education too. This can be done by teaching, or urging adults to teach, poor kids free of cost, thus spreading the light of education to every nook and corner of our country. 13. Each single effort matters a lot and I am sure my words will create awareness among children and one day, my dream of a prosperous Pakistan will definitely come true.