Author’s Purpose in Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall” Speech

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President Ronald Reagan's "Tear Down This Wall" speech, delivered on June 12, 1987 before the Berlin Wall, provides class members with an opportunity to examine three key aspects of informational text: author bias, the use of facts and opinions, and persuasive techniques. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Flip the lesson, asking class members to read the speech, answer the questions, and view excerpts of the speech before returning to group and full class discussions
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires multiple copies of the four-page text of Reagan's speech and a worksheet of questions that encourage a close reading of the text
  • Excerpts from the speech are available on YouTube
  • Knowledge of rhetorical devices would be useful but not required
  • The homework assignment provides class members an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned from the lesson
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