“I Have a Dream” Collage

  • History & Social Studies
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 1-3

Print Dr. King's silhouette and have children visually describe the civil rights movement after reading his speech aloud.


  • Paint Brushes Triangle Handle
  • Acrylic Paint Jars, 24 Assorted colors
  • White Cardstock
  • Glue
  • Scissors
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Step 1. Gather your supplies.



Step 2. 


Click the “template” button to download our free printable of Dr. King’s silhouette. Cut out this shape.



Step 3.


Glue the silhouette onto a piece of Art Canvas Paper.



Step 4.


While reading the “I have a dream” speech aloud, encourage children visually describe Dr. King’s dream and the civil rights moment. Have them fill in the empty spaces around the silhouette with words and mini images that support the movement.


Step 5.


Paint and decorate as desired.


Create your own unique collages to honor the history of the Civil Rights movement and one of its most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.!

  • King’s Dream: Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech is full of poetic rhythm and repetition! Listen to him address over 250,000 people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington in August 1963. What literary devices are in his speech?
  • King’s Legacy: In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Prize for Peace; however, his legacy was far from over! Learn about his life, work, and leadership in the Civil Rights Movement — which of his actions for change could your students include in their collages? What about the ones in their own daily lives?

Many Americans share Dr. King’s dream of a nation full of equal opportunity and freedom for all. Encourage your students to research more African-American heroes to include in their collages too! Who are the most influential leaders in social justice today?