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FuHsing Project: Making an Inaugural Address Discuss this eTheme.

The following English lesson introduces students to the American election process as well as the presidential inaugural address. Students read about the election process learning key vocabulary and phrases, then take a quiz to assess their reading comprehension. Students role-play dialogues about the election to practice using words and phrases in context. Afterwards, students watch a YouTube video of President Kennedy’s inaugural speech and read along to practice correct pronunciation, intonation, key word emphasis, and fluency. Finally, students write their own inaugural speech to be delivered before a live audience (teleconference). This speech will be evaluated by native speakers. Students receive feedback analyzing strengths and weaknesses and receive a rating based on a 4-point rubric grading system. Hyperlinks will connect students to relevant online materials.

Grades

  • 10,
  • 11

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Students read about the American Presidential Election Process. Define the key vocabulary listed in the article.
After reading the article and defining terms, students take this reading comprehension quiz.
Students introduce themselves by saying their English name and favorite subject. Then they number off from 1-25. Students role-play a dialogue about the election with the teacher to practice using key words and phrases in context.
Students read one part of President Kennedy's Inaugural Address aloud to the Tiger Eye Global Team.
Students listen to President Kennedy's (JFK) inaugural address. Focus on comprehending the key words as well as ideas being stressed in his address.
Transcribe the first 40-seconds of the speech, the "Swearing-in" Oath that President Kennedy says. Students try to transcribe this without omitting any words. Then search for the Presidential Oath online and compare your transcript to the official Oath. With a color pen, students write in any words they missed. Students rate themselves. 0-2 mistakes = President Level 3-5 mistakes = Governor Level 6-8 mistakes = Mayor Level 9+ mistakes = Staff Level
Students research at least six American news sources and read headline stories to determine the top three issues in American society.
Students research at least six American news sources and read headline stories to determine the top three issues in American society.
Students research at least six American news sources and read headline stories to determine the top three issues in American society.
Students research at least six American news sources and read headline stories to determine the top three issues in American society.
Students research at least six American news sources and read headline stories to determine the top three issues in American society.

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