Anticipating the State of the Union

Grade
9-12
Lesson Duration

By the.gov, PBS

The student will:
• understand the president’s Constitutional requirement for giving the State of the Union Address
• compare and contrast how other presidents have given their state of the union addresses
• predict the topics to be included in the president’s State of the Union Address
• evaluate the president’s effectiveness in giving the address
• compare and contrast other media political pundits/commentators analysis of the president’s
address with their own

Activity 1- Facts on the State of the Union Address
Activity 2 – The Issues and Evaluating the State of the Union Address
Activity 3 – Analyzing What the President Said with Discussion Questions and Essay Outline
Activity 4 – Analyzing Reaction to the President’s State of the Union Address

The handouts are made for the 2010 Address, but can be easily updated.

Go to: http://www-cache.pbs.org/newshour/spc/thenews/materials/sotu_ss_lesson.pdf

Source

the.Gov s a feature of the.News, a daily news broadcast for High School and Middle School students by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.