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Freedom of Speech and Automatic Language: Examining the Pledge of Allegiance

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Freedom of Speech and Automatic Language: Examining the Pledge of Allegiance

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Dawn Hogue

Dawn Hogue

Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Lesson Plans

Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Analyzing Famous Speeches as Arguments

Students are often asked to perform speeches, but rarely do we require students to analyze speeches as carefully as we study works of literature. In this unit, students are required to identify the rhetorical strategies in a famous speech and the specific purpose for each chosen device. They will write an essay about its effectiveness and why it is still famous after all these years.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 4

It's Independence Day! Or is it?

Students consider why there are so many different dates associated with the Declaration of Independence and why the nation's birthday is celebrated on July 4.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 2

Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967.

After discussing a statement made by Thurgood Marshall, students consider each piece of the comment and create a K-W-L chart to begin an investigation with other resources.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 23

Author Laurie Halse Anderson was born today.

Laurie Halse Anderson, the New York Times-bestselling author who is known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, was born on this day in 1961.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 27

Thomas Nast was born on this day in 1840.

Students explore free speech issues, search the newspaper or Internet to create a list of current events, and draw original political cartoons.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 15

Bill of Rights Day is observed.

Students identify a students' rights issue and explore the ways in which the Bill of Rights does protect and does not protect students.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 23

Avi was born in 1937.

After reading Nothing But the Truth, students explore a current event topic and write their own short work of fiction in a similar multigenre format.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 14

June 14 is Flag Day in the U.S.

Students consider how America, Americans, and the flag are represented in different patriotic songs and hypothesize about the reasons for their differences.

 

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