by President Richard M. Nixon
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Washington's Farewell Address
- President George Washington
This a letter written by Washington (with the assistance of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton) to the American people, announced his intent to decline a third term in office. It was never delivered orally, but printed in the papers.Pair “Richard Nixon’s Resignation Speech” with “Washington’s Farewell Address” and ask students to contrast the final official speeches of the two presidents facing different circumstances and popularity levels. Ask students to analyze the different rhetoric used by the two statesmen given their different situations.
The Man in the Arena
- President Theodore Roosevelt
This excerpt, which preaches persistence and proactivity, comes from a speech given by former President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt in 1910.Pair “Watergate – Undoing a President” with “The Man in the Arena” and ask students to discuss if President Nixon accurately captured the spirit of Roosevelt’s speech. Ask students to discuss whether they think Roosevelt would approve of Nixon’s use of his speech.
Watergate: Undoing a President
“Watergate: Undoing a President” is an informational text that explains how the Watergate scandal snowballed from a minor burglary of the DNC headquarters to the first resignation of an American president.Pair “Watergate: Undoing a President” with “President Nixon’s Resignation Speech” and ask students to discuss what they believe motivated Nixon to resign compared to the reasons he gives in his speech.
Senator Nixon's “Checkers” Speech
- Senator Richard M. Nixon
In this speech, Vice Presidential candidate Richard Nixon masters rhetoric to defend charges of corruption in his campaign and to defend Dwight Eisenhower’s bid for the presidency.Pair “Checkers Speech” with “Richard Nixon’s Resignation Speech” and ask students to compare Nixon’s rhetorical tools and trustworthiness in the two speeches.
Who Gets to Be President?
“Who Gets to Be President” discusses the United States’ presidential election process, as well as what occurs in the event that the president can no longer perform his or her job.Pair “Richard Nixon’s Resignation Speech” with “Who Gets to Be President?” and ask students to discuss Richard Nixon’s resignation process. Did the process transpire as it was described in the text “Who Gets to Be President?” or did it occur differently? What special circumstances played into this example?