John F. Kennedy gave his memorable inaugural address over fifty years ago. This resource explores his vision of what citizens of America and the world could do to achieve peace. The ideas in his speech were used for forming The Peace Corps and the principals involved in The Cuban Missile Crisis.
There are many links to video, audio, and print resources for studying the legacy of JFK’s Inaugural Address. Also included is a TED Talk ““How great leaders inspire action. “ The students will also study two segments from the documentary, The Fog of War, and a link to the film is provided. Finally, a video and NPR story on JFK’s legacy and the Peace Corps is explored.
The lesson features a prompt analyzing the argument in JFK’s Inaugural Address. Students will craft a thesis sentence, and a frame for this is provided. 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, American 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, war, peace, Peace Corps, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom