“From Time to Time”: Presidents and Communicating with the Public

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While the Constitution requires a "State of the Union" address, it doesn't give many details. In fact, it wasn't until Woodrow Wilson that the periodic update to Congress was given in-person. Using primary sources, recordings and historical analysis, scholars consider the role of the State of the Union speech. Additional activities allow class members to compare and evaluate speeches and write their own. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Compare State of the Union speeches from different presidents
  • Use prompts to evaluate the effectiveness of policy agendas
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners need to access the Internet to do research activities on presidential speeches
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Lesson develops skills using primary sources
  • Activities allow teacher to adjust content to meet what they are teaching in the classroom
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