Need seminal texts, founding docs & presidential addresses

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    Part of the ELA CC standards includes evaluating the reasoning of seminal U.S texts. The suggestions given in the CC documentation are:
    U.S. Supreme Court Cases
    The Federalist
    Presidential Addresses

    Can you help me find ideas for these that might interest high school students?

    I need them in print form for sure. But, another standard asks that students evaluate multiple mediums of the same text, so any speeches that have a video would be AwEsOmE.

    Any ideas?

    I remember Bill Clinton's speech at the OKC bombing memorial as being powerful.

    I remember Regean's "Tear down this wall" speech.

    Anything from the 20s that I can tie to Gatsby?

    Accepting all ideas at this point!
     
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    There's JFK's "End of the decade we'll have a man on the moon" speech.

    Nixon's Checker's speech.

    Jerry Ford's "long national nightmare" speech.

    The Gettysburg Address

    The ERA: http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/

    FDR's "Day which will live in infamy" speech following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
     
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    I've used that American Rhetoric site before, too, Mrs. K. There are some great speeches on there!

    Bush's speech after 9/11 was very powerful.
     
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    I'm not sure whether this would count, but Dr. Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech is one very powerful piece of writing.
     
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    Yep! This is for English class! It is the one component of CC that makes me scratch my head. I'm not opposed to the idea of students deconstructing and learning from these texts, but I worry that I'm not the most qualified person to teach them, our social studies teachers would be, though!

    THANKS for the link!
     
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    AwEsOmE! Thank you!
     
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    Thank you, thank you!
     
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    Trust me, ku_alum: the social studies teachers will be grateful to you for reminding your students that skills from English do too transfer to analyzing texts and media encountered outside English class.
     
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    I think that is one of the principles of the CC! :)
     
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    And with luck the kids themselves will apply their social-studies background as they analyze these works in your English classroom.
     
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    American Rhetoric is a superb site that I often use.

    Interesting speeches or writings to consider:

    Letters from a Birmingham Jail - Dr. Martin Luther King

    Change: From What to What - Barbara Jordon's keynote speech at the 1992 Democratic National Convention

    House Divided speech - Abraham Lincoln
     
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    Our kids have used that one for Speech and Debate. While I forget the details, it was most definitely one that appealed to kids of high school age.
     
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    Awesome! So glad to have these to check out, also! Thank you!
     
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    I am glad to hear that when presented with interesting and important parts of the past, that high school students become interested in history. This is the way to teach, not wholly out of textbooks.

    If you are looking for a reasoning of seminal U.S. texts as related to the Supreme Court you could try this line:

    Declaration of Independence
    U.S. Constitution
    Dred Scott Decision
    13th, 14th,15th Amendments
    Plessy v. Ferguson
    Brown v. Board of Education

    Relate all of the above to your students having the right to sit in your classroom and function as current U.S. citizens.

    Although this is a lot of information, hitting the points that are common to each one should not take long.

    Oh yeah, I second and give the highest recommendation to President Kennedy's "landing a man on the moon" speech!
     

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