Dueling Telegrams: 1963 Verbal Power Play Between Wallace and JFK

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Information, inferences, and innuendos. Text and subtext. Class members examine telegrams exchanged between President John F. Kennedy and Alabama Governor George Wallace, studying both what is stated and what is implied by the diction and syntax in these primary source documents.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • A great opportunity for a mini-lesson on denotative and connotative language
Classroom Considerations

  • The exercise presumes class members have experience analyzing documents and drawing inferences
Pros

  • The 10-page packet includes background information about the confrontations at the University of Alabama, the conflicts between President John Kennedy and Governor George Wallace, the text of the telegrams, a step-by-step plan, graphic organizers, the writing assignment sheet, and a rubric
Cons

  • None
Common Core