by Jean Daigneau
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Ronald Reagan on the Challenger Disaster
- President Ronald Reagan
On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, leading to the death of its seven crewmembers. The nation was stunned after this horrifying incident—about 17% of the nation watched it live on television. That same day, President Ronald Reagan delivered this speech to the grieving nation.Pair “Ronald Reagan on the Challenger Disaster” with “What a Pro Knows: Prepared to Save Lives” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore dangerous jobs. What dangers does being an astronaut present? How does this compare to the dangers of being a firefighter? What is the gain for the risks in each job? Are they equal? Why or why not?
Valley Forge and the American Revolution
- Barbara Radner
“Valley Forge and the American Revolution” explores the circumstances that led to American success in the Revolutionary War.Pair “Valley Forge and the American Revolution” with “What a Pro Know: Prepared to Save Lives” and ask students how the soldiers took a risk like firefighters. How is the theme of being prepared presented in each text? Why is preparation important? How did this lead to von Steuben becoming a hero?
The Lighthouse Lamp
- Margaret E. Sangster
In Margaret E. Sangster’s poem “The Lighthouse Lamp,” a brave girl saves sailors during a storm when she keeps the lamp burning in her family’s lighthouse.Pair “The Lighthouse Lamp” with “What a Pro Knows: Prepared to Save Lives” and ask students to discuss how Gretchen and Eric Davis both exhibit traits of bravery. What does it mean to be brave in each text? Is it similar or different? Why? How do both people act to help others?