Practice close reading and analyzing text to locate literary devices and persuasive technique using famous presidential speeches from John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. These speeches concerning the space race provide a quick and simple platform for using historical documents to hone sharpen reading skills. Just print and go for almost a week's worth of lessons!
*A page of pre-reading and terms to know to set a purpose for reading and build background knowledge and technical vocabulary.
*Copy of the speech texts for ease of implementation with close reading questions in the margins. No digging for resources!
*Quick Check page with comprehension questions and a short essay response.
*A graphic organizer to compare and contrast the two speeches with an opportunity to respond to the findings.
Sample Lesson Pacing:
Lesson could be used over a period of one day to four days. Depending on the level of your students and the length of your class period each day.
A sample pacing:
Day 1: Set purpose for reading, establish background, review technical vocabulary, do a silent reading of the speeches.
Day 2: Review the technical vocabulary, do a close read of the speech as a group, and assign the quick check as homework/independent work.
Day 3: Review the quick check, discuss emotional appeal and complete the response.
Day 4: Discuss response and assign compare and contrast organizer with the response as homework.