ERIC Number: EJ1045636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Analyzing the Messages of the State of the Union Address
Kissling, Mark T.; Martell, Christopher C.
Social Education, v78 n6 p269-273 Nov-Dec 2014
In the era of smartphones and 24-hour news networks, the State of the Union address is a major event. All national media outlets--in print, on television, on the Internet--report on the address, some almost exclusively in the days leading up to and after the speech. In this article, considering their experiences teaching about the address, and mindful of the NCSS Curriculum Standards--"understanding of civic ideals and practices is critical to full participation in society"--the authors share an approach for social studies teachers to teach the 2015 State of the Union. While this analytical approach can be applied to any speech, as well as other kinds of social studies resources like textbooks and historical documents, they find it particularly useful for critiquing an event as prominent and current as the State of the Union.
Descriptors: Speeches, Presidents, Educational Opportunities, Program Proposals, Governance, United States Government (Course), Democratic Values, Content Analysis, Citizenship, Learning Activities, Teaching Methods, Political Attitudes, Social Studies, Lesson Plans, Educational Resources, Historical Interpretation
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