Engage your students in understanding the causes and effects of the Persian Gulf War through a close reading exercise of two President George H.W. Bush speeches. Utilizing two excerpted speeches, including the announcement of military force beginning as well as an address before Congress following the end of hostilities, students will gain an understanding of the war while also sharpening their reading skills. This lesson is intended to be implemented with students either working in pairs or groups of four to foster a jigsaw-like activity of combining knowledge from the speeches.
In addition to the provided speeches and lesson plan, a close reading scaffold is provided for students to use when analyzing one speech as well as a paired activity sheet allowing for students to collaboratively combine their analyses to create a comprehensive understanding of the conflict as well as how the US' perception of itself changes as a result.
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, a great assignment to examine the decade and foster critical thinking.