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Elementary School Resources
“Ask Not…” Inaugural Address: John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address inspired children and adults to see the importance of civic action and public service. In his historic speech, JFK challenged every American to contribute to the public good. In this lesson, students learn about a theme in President Kennedy’s inaugural address, civic action, and consider how it applies to their own lives.
Making Your Voice Heard: After learning about an important letter exchange between African American astronomer Benjamin Banneker and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, students investigate letters written to President Kennedy and other public officials before writing their own letter of concern.
Middle School Resources
Plant a Tree: Using Metaphors in Persuasive Writing: Students analyze excerpts from two speeches and compare how the same metaphor was applied in different contexts. Students then compose a short persuasive piece about a significant issue in today’s world, using the image of tree-planting, or a metaphor of their own choosing, to inspire others to do their part in meeting the challenge.
2020 Make a Difference Award for Middle School: Students Every year the Kennedy Library recognizes up to 100 middle school students from across Massachusetts with the John F. Kennedy Make a Difference Award for the impact they have made in their communities through service projects. The award is given to students who are nominated by teachers or principals for contributions they have made to their neighborhood, town, or community.
Secondary School Resources
Integrating Ole Miss: A Civil Rights Microsite: Analyzing the Rhetoric of JFK’s Inaugural Address Words matter. In this lesson plan, students examine the rhetorical devices in President Kennedy’s inaugural address and analyze the effects of the devices on the delivered speech. View Lesson Plan Integrating Ole Miss: A Civil Rights Microsite James Meredith’s attempts to enroll at the University of Mississippi created conflict that led to rioting. What was the controversy all about? Witness civil rights history firsthand through these primary sources that reveal the perspectives of James Meredith, Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett, President John F. Kennedy, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and members of the general public. Guiding questions for classroom activities are included.
Analyzing the Rhetoric of JFK’s Inaugural Address Words matter. In this lesson plan, students examine the rhetorical devices in President Kennedy’s inaugural address and analyze the effects of the devices on the delivered speech.