President Roosevelt asks Congress to Declare War on Japan - Speech and Questions

President Roosevelt asks Congress to Declare War on Japan - Speech and Questions
President Roosevelt asks Congress to Declare War on Japan - Speech and Questions
President Roosevelt asks Congress to Declare War on Japan - Speech and Questions
President Roosevelt asks Congress to Declare War on Japan - Speech and Questions
President Roosevelt asks Congress to Declare War on Japan - Speech and Questions
President Roosevelt asks Congress to Declare War on Japan - Speech and Questions
President Roosevelt asks Congress to Declare War on Japan - Speech and Questions
President Roosevelt asks Congress to Declare War on Japan - Speech and Questions
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This is an activity I did with my fourth graders. I primarily wanted them to do this as a reading exercise, but it also correlated with our lessons about World War II. Since World War II was typically covered near the end of the year, this activity was great practice for state testing!

In this activity, students read and discuss the speech President Franklin D Roosevelt gave to Congress on December 8, 1941 (the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor). In the speech, the president asks Congress to declare war on Japan. This packet assumes that students have at least some knowledge of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

This 5-page document includes:

-The text of Roosevelt's speech

-Six questions based on the speech

-An answer key

I would usually print this out as a packet to give to the students. (Excluding the answer key, of course!) We would review Pearl Harbor, read the speech together, and discuss the speech before students answered the questions. I liked having the speech stapled to the questions so students could refer back to the speech. Also, if the students had to finish this at home, they could have the speech to read at home.

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Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
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