This resource includes the annotated text and marginal notes for THREE speeches by President Ronald W. Reagan following the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986 and at the Berlin Wall in 1987:
The included zipped folder also includes a copy of the speeches without annotations and marginal notes so that you can reproduce them for students so that they can annotate them. Reading and annotating informational texts is a critical component of the Common Core State Standards, and analyzing informational texts is a key skill that students will need for college and the jobs of the future. Using the comment feature in Microsoft Word, this resource includes critical commentary and analysis of the figurative and connotative meanings, rhetorical devices (logos, ethos, pathos), parallelism, repetition, allusions, and, central ideas aligned with the RI1, RI2, RI3, RI4, RI5, RI6, RI7, and RI9 standards from the Common Core State Standards. In addition to the identified figurative language, rhetorical devices, etc., the document includes standard alignment for each comment and marginal notes that explain the significance of each identified element. This resource will help teachers to guide students’ close reading of the text and help them to become more critical readers of informational texts. The provided commentary includes Common Core standard references so that you will be able to help students to see how the guided statements and commentary align with specific reading informational standards.