Surveying State of the Union Addresses
By The Choices Program
Students read Article II, Section III of the Constitution to identify words or phrases they don’t understand, and then watch a 4-minute video to see how the State of the Union has evolved over time. Next, students (in small groups or the whole class) refer to an “interactive timeline” to view presidential speeches (from FDR to Obama) and fill out a graphic organizer.
Finally, students watch the current State of the Union Address and fill out a graphic organizer in which they predict what the president will address.
Objectives – Students will:
- Understand the constitutional basis and history of the State of the Union Address
- Explore significant moments in twentieth century State of the Union Addresses and identify important historic themes
- Collaborate with classmates to identify likely topics for the State of the Union Address
- Assess President Obama’s State of the Union Address