by President Barack Obama
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JFK's 'Race to Space' Speech
- President John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy delivered this speech about space at Rice University in Houston, Texas, September 12, 1962. A year earlier, a Russian astronaut had become the first human to orbit the Earth, and Americans were eager about the possibilities of space exploration (as well as beating the Russians). By 1969, Americans succeeded in being the first to walk on the moon.Pair “JFK’s ‘Race to Space’ Speech” with “President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address” and ask students to compare these two presidential speeches. Do they share any similar themes or central ideas? What type of tone does each president use in the delivery of their speeches?
Serving in Florida: Excerpt from Nickel and Dimed
- Barbara Ehrenreich
In “Serving in Florida: Excerpt from Nickel and Dimed,” author Barbara Ehrenreich talks about the first steps and early struggles in her social experiment.Pair “Serving in Florida: Excerpt from Nickel and Dimed” with “President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address” and ask students to discuss any similar themes, central ideas, or rhetorical devices used in both texts. What is the current state of American finances, employment, and minimum wage? Who needs more financial aid, according to each text: the lower or middle class?
The Great Depression
- Mike Kubic
In “The Great Depression,” Kubic explores the causes and effects of the Great Depression, as well as the economic reforms that resulted from this era.Pair “The Great Depression” with “President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address” and ask students to discuss any similar themes or central ideas in both texts. How does learning about the Great Depression inform one’s understanding of the United States’ recent economic recession? Can the two be compared? What can be gleaned from the Great Depression to improve the state of economy?
An Incredible Job: Being America’s President
The information text “An Incredible Job: Being America’s President” discusses the variety of responsibilities and duties required of the President.Pair “President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address” with “An Incredible Job: Being America’s President” and ask students to discuss President Obama’s agenda for 2015. How do Obama’s plans for 2015 reflect the responsibilities of a President outlined in “An Incredible Job: Being America’s President"?
Barack Obama’s Nobel Lecture
- Barack Obama
In “Barack Obama’s Nobel Lecture,” Obama accepts the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize and discusses the complicated relationship between war and peace.Pair “President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address” with “Barack Obama’s Nobel Lecture” to provide students with another speech by Barack Obama. How does Barack Obama’s discussion of war and peace compare in the two speeches? Has Obama made progress towards peace in 2015, since his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009?
Shirley Chisholm's Presidential Announcement Speech Transcript
- Shirley Chisholm
In “Shirley Chisholm’s Presidential Announcement Speech,” Shirley Chisholm announces her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States.Pair “President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address” with “Shirley Chisholm’s Presidential Announcement Speech” and ask students to discuss Barack Obama and Shirley Chisholm’s roles in politics. How do students think Chisholm’s candidacy for the Democratic nomination contributed to Barack Obama’s eventual success winning the presidency? How does Obama echo Chisholm’s ideas about unification? What do Chisholm and Obama express as being important to them about America in their speeches?