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    Analyzing the Rhetoric of JFK's Inaugural Address

    Topic: President Kennedy's Inaugural Address In this lesson plan, students consider the rhetorical devices in the JFK's inaugural address. They then analyze the suggestions made by some of his advisors and compare them to the delivered version of the speech. Students then evaluate the impact of the changes on the resonance of the speech.

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    Poetry and Power—The Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy

    “Poetry and Power” presents documents from the Kennedy Presidential Library Archives that trace the evolution of President Kennedy’s inaugural address.  This exhibit focuses on the drafting of President Kennedy’s inaugural address between the election on November 8, 1960, and the inauguration on January 20, 1961. Many of the notes and drafts provid...

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    Recipe for an Inaugural Address

    Topic: John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address, Social Studies and Language Arts In this lesson for middle grades, students consider what “ingredients” might go into the speech that will launch a president’s term in office as they examine some of the most memorable inaugural addresses of the past.

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    Middle School Curricular Resources

    Challenge your students to analyze an inaugural address, research civil rights leaders, or follow President Kennedy on a typical day in the Oval Office, and more. Lesson plans and resources incorporate engaging archival material and meet national curriculum standards. Topics include: biographical resources, the campaign and election of 1960, the...

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    Analyzing the Inaugural Address
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    "Ask not what your country can do for you..."

    Topics: John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address, Social Studies and Language Arts John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address inspired children and adults to see the importance of civic action and public service. His historic words, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,” challenged every Ame...

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    Recipe for an Inaugural Address
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    High School Curricular Resources

    These lesson plans and resources, designed to meet national standards in history and language arts, use engaging archival material  to foster your students’ understanding of history and politics. Topics include: biographical resources, the campaign and election of 1960, JFK’s inaugural address, civil rights, the space program, the Cold War, the ...

  • Timeline of Kennedy's Inaugural Address

    A timeline of Cold War and civil rights events that occurred from January 1959 to January 20, 1961 (doc).

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