Social Studies 11-12 Letter from Birmingham Jail

Social Studies 11-12 Letter from Birmingham Jail

Standards & Objectives

Essential and guiding questions: 
  • According to the text, who was Dr. King’s audience and why was he writing to them from a Birmingham jail?
  • The concept of “interconnectedness” is present throughout the letter. Cite two examples of this concept and explain why Dr. King chose to include them in the letter.
  • Why does Dr. King outline the procedures taken in nonviolent campaigns? Cite examples of each from the text and its purpose.
  • How does Dr. King define justice and injustice? Give an example from his letter of each.
  • What is the author’s tone in regards to what is just and unjust? Cite specific examples from the text to support your position.
  • After reading the entire letter, what inferences can be made about Dr. King’s mood as he sat in the Birmingham jail? Support your position with evidence from the text.

Activity/Task Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Differentiation suggestions: 

Scaffolding and support for special education students, English language learners, and struggling readers:

  • Students supported with instruction in Tier 2 vocabulary
  • Students may:
    • Read individually and notate as they read
    • Read aloud (popcorn read)
    • Break sections down during small group work (ex. pair-share)
    • Follow up with whole class work