Historic Radio Broadcasts Teacher Resources
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Students examine Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fireside Chats. In this presidential history lesson, students listen to the radio broadcasts of select FDR Fireside Chats. Students analyze the effectiveness of his messages to the public as well as letters written to FDR and political cartoons pertaining to the chats. Students complete 1 of 5 suggested assessments activities at the end of the lesson.
Eleventh graders examine the purpose of Franklin D. Roosevelt's chats. In this American History lesson, 11th graders collaborate with their group members on becoming an expert on a specific chat.
Students view a film about Franklin D. Roosevelt and his fireside chats. THey identify political inferences in his speeches and how the media played an important role in the war. They answer questions to complete the lesson.
Learners explore The New Deal. In this cross curriculum fine arts and U.S. history lesson, students work in groups to sort and discuss photographs and artwork from the 20th century representing Franklin D. Roosevelt and The New Deal. Learners view a PowerPoint presentation and read related textbook material, then make revisions to their picture sorting based on what they have learned.
Students explore the New Deal. In this U.S. history lesson, students read and analyze several documents related to the New Deal. Students form two teams and decide whether the New Deal was a success or a failure based on the documents read. Students follow a debate format.
Young scholars explore the New Deal and President FDR. In this Great Depression lesson, students listen to an FDR Broadcast (Fireside Chat) and read sections in their textbooks. Then, in small groups young scholars design and create a broadcast to share with the class.
Tenth graders analyze Roosevelt's Fireside Chats. In this Franklin D. Roosevelt presidency, 10th graders determine how well FDR's government programs aided victims of the Great Depression. Students examine selected Fireside Chats and political cartoons related to the programs.
Students analyze primary source documents and photographs to analyze the implications of the Lend-Lease Program. In this research lesson plan, students read and discuss letters and speeches related to the Lend-Lease Act, evaluate FDR's presentation of the Act, and write explanations of the impact of the Act based on photo analysis.
Can history be rewritten? Or, more precisely, is history documented accurately? High school juniors and seniors compare primary source material with secondary sources. For example, they compare President Roosevelt's December 29, 1940 fireside chat with a summary of the speech. Do they align? What things are different? Great examples are chosen for this activity!
Students research Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" and present their own "Fireside Chats" to the class. Once they review the freedoms listed in the speech, they discuss what they meant then and explain their current relevance. Finally, students choose a freedom they consider important and explain its importance in a short speech. The speeches can be taped to further simulate the Fireside Chat method of delivery.
Students examine the role of the Roosevelts in Washington. For this U.S. history lesson, students explore the Fireside Chats, Social Security Act, Civilian Conservation Corps, Land-Lease Act, and the involvement of Eleanor Roosevelt in social reform.
Students discuss how they get information on important events or activities that occur in the national government today. They evaluate the New Deal, utilizing document analysis worksheets imbedded in this plan.
Students read and analyze Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union Address. They listen to recordings of speeches by F.D.R., answer discussion questions, and participate in a debate.
In this War of the Worlds worksheet, students listen to the Orson Welles production and then respond to 9 short answer question based on the radio program.
Learners list specific actions taken on the home front by non-combatants during World War II, discuss ways students have been and can be involved in a home front war effort, and analyze war posters.
Students analyze photographs, speeches, art and other primary sources from the Great Depression. In this American History lesson, students engage in several activities to understand how the American public was affected by the Great Depression. Students create and present a poster that communicates their comprehension to the class.
Students read an article on Vienna. In this ESL lesson plan, students explore a recent incident between Russia and the United States, then complete several activities that reinforce the information in the article.
Before joining World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the military policy to lend-lease, meaning that the US would distribute artillery without requiring immediate payment. What are the benefits to changing this policy? What are the problems? Learn about Roosevelt's strategic decision.
Using Mark Twain's The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, invite your learners to consider the concept of virtue in a democratic society devoted to gain and self-interest. This stellar resource guides your class members through a close reading and discussion, and also includes a video seminar illustrating what high-level discourse regarding the text looks like.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of American individualism and independence? Explore these principles through a close reading of Jack London's To Build a Fire, and engage in high-level discussion with your class by analyzing the characters, story structure, and themes of the text.