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This lesson is perfect for the first week of school. Included is the full transcript of Obama's speech to students in Arlington, Virginia along with engaging response questions that break up the speech into manageable chunks. At the end of the speech, a letter writing activity gives students the chance to formally respond to the thought-provoking questions that will help you understand their big picture dreams and goals for their lives. This activity is great for increasing motivation in students, and builds investment early in the school year. A scaffold for the letter is included. To add a listening component, search for "Obama's speech to students" online and play the speech while students read. He may not be our president anymore, but your students will be energized and ready to tackle the new year with Obama's uplifting message.