Ronald Reagan on the Challenger Tragedy

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How does society prevail in the face of challenge? After reading President Ronald Reagan's speech to the nation after the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986, learners evaluate and discuss the tone of the speech itself and the nation's response.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • There is a good deal of media related to the event that you can locate online, such as the footage of the event itself or follow-up interviews with those who witnessed the explosion
Classroom Considerations
  • Discussion questions will require much more scaffolding for students to provide appropriate responses
  • Includes complete text of President Reagan's speech
  • Provides photographs of Ronald Reagan and the Challenger crew