Pearl Harbor Activity #4: Who is the Audience?

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Young historians use the prompts on a worksheet to analyze President Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech. They identify the intended audience for the speech, the devices FDR used to persuade his audience, the responses promoted, and the evidence presented.

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Instructional Ideas
  • For the concluding activity, divide the class into three groups; assign one group Assistant Secretary of State Sumner Welles' speech; assign another group Elenor Roosevelt's December 7th, 1941 speech; and the third group President George Bush's address after the September 11, 2001 attacks and have scholars use the worksheet to analyze these speeches
Classroom Considerations
  • The fourth activity in the seven-part Pearl Harbor series
  • Requires copies of the "Speech Analysis Worksheet", one per pupil
  • Groups need access to devices with an internet connection to conduct their research
  • The included "Speech Analysis Worksheet" may be used with any speech
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