The Legacy

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Examine the legacy of some of the most influential speeches in American history with a series of history activities. Learners study George Washington's inaugural speech, Frederick Douglass's speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?," Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address; the Declaration of Sentiments, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, and the state of liberty in America today; as well as how each speech relates to the Declaration of Independence.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use at key points in your social studies unit to tie pivotal historical moments together
  • Have small groups read each speech and debate the effectiveness and legacy of each
  • Bring into a language arts class to focus on speech writing and the power of the spoken word
Classroom Considerations

  • Some primary source documents are in color; be sure that printing in black and white won't affect understanding
  • Although intended for middle school classrooms, the resource covers nearly every aspect and text of the Common Core standard for high school level informational reading

  • Provides an excellent context for your US history course, and a solid finale for your unit on the Revolutionary War
  • Comes with primary source documents, including excerpts of the speeches, and discussion questions for each section of reading

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