Kennedy’s Inaugural Address Lesson Set
I have used this lesson with all levels of my 11th grade English classes from standard to AP. There is plenty of scaffolding here for the struggling students and more capable students can address the lesson in small groups or independently. I like to teach this towards the end of the year when students are covering the Cold War in US History. If this doesn’t work for you, I have included a video link on the Cold War as an introductory warm up and frame of reference. You can mix and match the various components over one or two days. All documents are fully editable.
You will be discussing main ideas and details, context clues, use of repetition, and author's purpose. This lesson set includes a video link to build background knowledge, the full text of the speech set into numbered paragraphs for easy reference, a guiding Powerpoint that covers the use and purpose of repetition, guiding questions with an answer key that focuses on the first half of the speech, an assessment, with key, on the second half of the speech, and a short answer writing prompt asking students to discuss the message and the effect of repetition.