In 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously delivered his famous “Four Freedoms” speech. This resource helps teachers and students examine the rhetoric of the speech and also examines the concept of freedom to see how relevant it is to our society. Students will form their own definition of freedom in a written essay.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding the concept of freedom. There is a link to a Ted Talk on the contemporary freedom of the press. There is a link to interviews with historian Harvey J. Kaye, author of the book, The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great.
The lessons feature an original prompt on freedom. There is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence for an argument that agrees, disagrees, or qualifies an FDR quote on individual freedom using a student’s observations, readings, or experience. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical precis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, freedom, speech, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom