Roosevelt's Four Freedoms Speech: World War II Armaments Presentation

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The purpose of Roosevelt’s Annual Address to Congress (the “Four Freedoms Speech”) is to appropriate more money for defense spending. He states that America’s “immediate need is a swift and driving increase in our armament production.” He mentions airplanes and warships, but during World War II, America and its allies developed a variety of weapons to combat the threat of tyranny.

In this research assignment, students will create and present a report on one of these weapons, using technology to reinforce and add interest to their presentation. The assignment focuses on instruction for conducting their research, creating an effective presentation, and using technology to help convey their ideas.

The lesson includes an instructional handout, a handout of tips for effective presentations, and a lesson plan and grading rubric.

This is one of our “Knowledge Quest” activities: a lesson that focuses on helping students become independent, self-directed learners.

In this lesson students will cover the following Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards:

For Reading: Key Ideas and Details
1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
10. Read and comprehend complex . . . informational texts independently and proficiently.

For Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
2. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
5. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

This activity is a component of our 79-page Four Freedoms Unit Plan designed to address ELA Common Core Standards.


World War II Armaments Presentation by Janet Mason is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.uncommoned.com.
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