Hook students on the topic of the day by asking them to analyze the images found on an envelope! President John Kennedy gave his last two public speeches in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Students will interpret facts presented on the first day cover (information found on the commemorative stamp, postmark and artwork) to learn about the life of JFK, then they will read and analyze the last public speech he gave that morning,
November 22, 1963. The lesson includes guiding questions for the teacher led discussion and then instructions for a group work activity. Students will analyze other quotes by President Kennedy concerning major Cold War events during his administration and then explain how each is an example of Kennedy’s words, …we are still the keystone in the arch of freedom. Students can then draw new artwork for the first day cover to represent President Kennedy’s Cold War philosophy.