What's the Purpose? FDR's Pearl Harbor Speech

FDR's December 7, 1941 address to the nation is the focus of a reading comprehension exercise that asks middle schoolers to read an excerpt from the Pearl Harbor speech and determine the president's purpose.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the resource to model how to identify the purpose of informational text, as a guided practice exercise, or to assess this reading comprehension skill
  • Project images of Pearl Harbor before, during, and after the attack
Classroom Considerations
  • The activity assumes individuals have had experience identifying an author's purpose
  • An answer sheet is included
  • None
Common Core