Tuesday, September 1, 2009

President Obama’s Address to Students Across America

PreK-6 Menu of Classroom Activities:
U.S. Department of Education September 8, 2009
Before the Speech:
*Teachers can build background knowledge about the President of the United States and his speech by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama and motivate students by asking the following questions:
Who is the President of the United States?
What do you think it takes to be President?
To whom do you think the President is going to be speaking?
Why do you think he wants to speak to you?
During the Speech:
*As the President speaks, teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful. As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following:
What is the President trying to tell me?
What is the President asking me to do?
What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?
*Students can record important parts of the speech where the President is asking them to do something. Students might think about:
What specific job is he asking me to do?
Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?
*Students can record any questions they have while he is speaking and then discuss them after the speech. Younger children may need to dictate their questions.
After the Speech:
*Teachers could ask students to share the ideas they recorded...
*Students could discuss their responses to the following questions:
What do you think the President wants us to do?
Does the speech make you want to do anything?
Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?