Remembrance of Things Past: Exploring the Power of Words Through the Speeches of American Presidents


  • Sep 4 2010 1:53 PM

    Kathyleen Bishop

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In this lesson, from the New York Times Learning Network, students explore the value of language to express messages that seem to be too strong for words by studying how American presidents have marked significant events in the past. They then develop thoughtful mock speeches that could be given at a September 11 ceremony, using parts of famous speeches already given.

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 6 to 12

    Topics: United States History, Writing Strategies, History-Social Science, English-Language Arts, American Democracy, Reading Comprehension

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    Grouping: Large Group Instruction; Heterogeneous

    Teaching Method: Cooperative Learning; Discussions