Obama's speeches are memorable and powerful for their progressive, spiritual vision and their abundant use of traditional speechwriting techniques, such as parallel structure, balanced phrasing, and alliteration. The class can start by listening to his speech on YouTube to get connected with the language and the moment. The activity (sent to you as a Word doc, which you can modify, and a pdf), contains the speech itself (on Word and a link to a GoogleDoc), with instances of these techniques in the first nine paragraphs. The techniques are defined with examples. Students (in groups or individually) are asked to find instances of these writing techniques, and then share them with the class. The download has an answer key in Word (and a link to a GoogleDoc) having a plethora of examples identified and underlined in various bright colors, which you can project on a screen. It also has a list of 32 vocabulary words and allusions explained that Obama uses and makes, and a writing component asking students to identify Obama’s thesis and four main claims he asserts. A sample response is provided for the writing activity, and a matching activity or quiz on many of the allusions in his address. These lessons can provide several days of meaningful activities in your classroom. A number of language skills and standards are practiced and addressed in this activity.