We have all heard the quotes, the snippets, the excerpts---but what about the whole speeches? Great for Language Arts or Social Studies, this open ended lesson will provide great discussion or research questions for your young charges and will encourage deeper thinking about the world around them. As a Power Point, this lesson can be copied as handouts for partners or individuals to use as the basis for research and discovery.
Eleven speeches are referenced in this lesson---from Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty" speech to Ronald Reagan's "Tear Down This Wall" speech and much in between. King George VI's radio address as Great Britain declared war on Nazi Germany is here. George Washington's Farewell Address, Martin Luther King's "Dream" speech, John Kennedy's Inaugural Address, and Churchill's "Finest Hour" speech are all among the offerings here.
Students will need to search and find these gems and study the texts--printing them might be worthwhile--as well as locate recorded versions to cement the learning. No rubrics are included as this lesson can go in any number of directions, however, each of the eleven contain a quote from the speech as well as discussion questions to get your students thinking critically.
Historical Speeches in Context
by Paul Chandler
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