Paired Texts > Excerpt from "A Time for Choosing" Speech
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In this document by British philosopher John Locke, Locke argues for individual sacrifice so that people can live peacefully in a political society. Locke's philosophical works heavily influenced American revolutionaries and the formation of democracy.Pair the excerpt from “A Time for Choosing” with “Political Society” and ask students to consider the two perspectives on freedom and society.
This text describes the main forms of government in ancient Greek city-states: democracy, oligarchy, monarchy, and tyranny. It also details how public officials play a role in government.Pair “Greek Government” with “Excerpt from ‘A Time for Choosing’ Speech” and ask students to discuss the juxtaposing ideas of tyranny and democracy discussed in both texts. How are the ideals of freedom that Reagan addresses similar to the ideals of freedom in ancient Greece?
In "President Reagan's Speech at the Brandenburg Gate", President Ronald Reagan implores General Secretary Gorbachev to take down the Berlin Wall ("tear down this wall!") and reunite East and West Germany.Pair “Excerpt from ‘A Time for Choosing’ Speech” with “President Reagan’s Speech at Brandenburg Gate” and ask students to compare these two speeches by President Reagan. What similar themes, ideas, rhetoric, or other literary devices do these texts share? How does Reagan address the issue of freedom in each of the speeches. What is at stake in each of the pieces? Does his position (on any issue discussed) change between these two speeches?
In "[American Journal]," a speaker gives a report on a strange alien species, Americans.Pair “Excerpt from ‘A Time for Choosing’ Speech” with “[American Journal]” and ask students to discuss the common ideas in each text. How do both speakers view the American dream? Do the speakers agree on the role of freedom? Why or why not? What about the role of security? Do students think the speakers in each text share an opinion on America? Why or why not?