Repubs save schoolchildren in Spray Posted September 9, 2009 this was a dead horse awhile ago, but in case anyone's actually interested in how a social studies teacher handled this one (exciting!), here was my plan: 1. pre-viewing - discussion/intro - history of presidential addresses - what have you heard already? what do you expect to hear? 2. questions for considering during 18 minute speech: A. What is his message? What do you think about that message? B. The message is hardly a unique or new one – how effective do you think his version of it will be? What are alternative/better ways to achieve the same end? C. Many conservative Americans think the President had an agenda or goal beyond that message – what evidence did you see of that and what could that agenda be? How fair is that criticism? D. What other criticisms can be fairly made about this speech? E. If we accept the conservative premise that this speech was pure propaganda we are still left with this fact which we can not hide from: Propaganda is everywhere! How should we prepare ourselves to live in a world of propaganda? What/ Where is the best way/place to learn to recognize and disarm it? F. The President spoke of setting a goal this year. If you’re planning on setting one for yourself, what will it be and what is your plan to achieve it? 3. view address 4. post viewing - 10 minutes to write responses to questions above 5. discuss questions - individual voting - 1-10, how effective a speech? seem like reasonable topics. i'd just suggest to take the word conservative out of it all together. we are all americans...why introduce the polarization?