Paired Texts > Excerpt from "On Drought Conditions"
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In "Water Scarcity: A Global Issue," Shelby Ostergaard discusses the factors that have contributed to water scarcity across the world.Pair “Excerpt from ‘On Drought Conditions’” with “Water Scarcity: A Global Issue” and ask students to discuss the effects that a drought can have on a community. How can a drought negatively affect a community? In what ways did human influence contribute to the drought discussed in “Excerpt from ‘On Drought Conditions’”?
In the Franklin D. Roosevelt's radio address "The Forgotten Man," Roosevelt discusses America's economy and how he would like to improve it.Pair “Excerpt from ‘On Drought Conditions’” with “The Forgotten Man” and ask students to discuss Franklin D. Roosevelt’s views on the importance of farmers in America. How do both texts explore the impact that farmers have on the economy? How do the obstacles that Roosevelt describes farmers facing in “The Forgotten Man” compare to the situation in “Excerpt from ‘On Drought Conditions’”?
In the informational text "Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities in Kazakhstan," NPR discusses how communities surrounding the Aral Sea are benefitting from the slow return of the sea.Pair “Excerpt from ‘On Drought Conditions’” with “Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities in Kazakhstan” and ask students to compare the Dust Bowl with the depletion of the Aral Sea. How were both of these disasters caused by humans? What solutions does President Franklin Delano Roosevelt propose in the text? How does this compare to the actions of officials to revive the Aral Sea?
When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected President of the United States, the country was in the grips of the Great Depression. At his inauguration on March 4, 1933, he delivered this famous speech in which he addresses the growing fear that plagued a nation in crisis — "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."Pair "FDR's First Inaugural Address" with "Excerpt from 'On Drought Conditions'" to build students' background knowledge about the causes and effects of The Great Depression in the 1930s.
As an explorer and naturalist, Theodore Roosevelt, who served as the 26th President of the United States (1858-1919), was a great supporter of environmental policies and protection. In this speech delivered on May 16th, 1908, President Roosevelt charges conservation as a national responsibility.Pair “Conservation as a National Duty” with "Excerpt from 'On Drought Conditions'" and ask students to compare the historical significance of each speech, relative to environmental concerns. How does each text address industry and economy? Are the priorities of these presidential cousins similar or different?
Winston Churchill's speech "Never Give In," discusses the recent successes of the United Kingdom in World War II.Pair “Excerpt from ‘On Drought Conditions’” with “Winston Churchill's ’Never Give In’ Speech” and ask students to compare how the two speakers suggest people should respond to difficult situations. What similarities do students identify between the content and the objective of these two speeches?
In this historical speech, "The Economic Bill of Rights," former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt discusses the importance of ensuring that the basic needs of all citizens are met.Pair "Excerpt from 'On Drought Conditions'" with “The Economic Bill of Rights,” both speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt, and ask students to compare and contrast the themes and tones of the two texts. Do you consider one of the speeches more ideological or more pragmatic than the other? Why do you think this is? How did historical circumstances shape these speeches? Do people respond more to philosophy or hard facts? Is this dependent upon the nature of the event or circumstance being discussed?