This activity uses the speech of King George VI of England as he tells his subjects that they are entering World War II. It has strong emotional nuances, some figurative language, and includes text-dependent questions to help the students gain a better understanding of what he was saying and its historical importance.
The exercise also includes a highlighted key for the teacher.
Close reading is a fundamental SS skill in the Common Core (ELA) model. This one is a challenging 1550 Lexile according to Lexile Analyzer.
Common Core Objectives:
6-8.RH.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
6-8.RH.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.