The “Presidential State of the Union Essay Project with Graphic Organizer” is a great assignment for both middle and high school teachers to use with their students while teaching about the annual presidential address. This assessment has the ability to provide students the opportunity to learn more about the State of Union as well as strengthen their writing skills. Utilizing this tool, students will accomplish three main goals: watch the President address the nation, graphically organize the main ideas of the speech and lastly write a five-paragraph essay via a highly detailed essay question. I have successfully used this assignment multiple times and it has become time-tested for assessing a student’s knowledge of not only American Government but also current events. I stand by this assessment as I do all my curriculum products. Thank you for visiting this page and I invite you to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store to see my other lesson materials as well.