The American Dream is an intriguing theme, one that appears throughout many works of American literature. But the best part is that it's still incredibly relevant (and probably always will be). Teach this as a standalone informational text or as a thematic pairing to a longer work of literature that addresses the American Dream, such as The Great Gatsby or Of Mice and Men.
This product contains a LINK to the actual speech transcript (but you can also find it on YouTube), as well as a student-friendly graphic organizer that prompts an analysis of tone, purpose, structure, and rhetoric. The final tasks requires students to analyze the effectiveness of the speech.