A Close Reading of Learned Hand's "I Am an American Day"

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Judge Learned Hand's "Spirit of Liberty" speech delivered during the July, 1944 "I Am an American Day" celebration is the subject of a close reading activity that models for learners how to approach a dense, difficult text.

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CCSS: Designed
Classroom Considerations

  • Background information on the "I Am an American Day" celebration will need to be provided
Pros

  • An annotated copy of Hand's speech and an instructor copy with guiding questions and instructional commentary is provided
  • The concluding activity asks readers to compare Hand's thoughts with the ideas expressed in Langston Hughes' poem, "Let America Be America Again"
Cons

  • None