Primary Source Worksheet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Excerpts from Fireside Chat on Economic Conditions

Franklin D. Roosevelt's April 14, 1938 Fireside Chat on economic conditions provides young historians an opportunity to polish their primary source comprehension skills. A great resource to add to you curriculum library.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Begin with a mini-lesson on rhetorical devices, and after a careful study of the chat and the rhetorical devices Roosevelt uses, play the YouTube recording of the speech
  • Collect the entire set of worksheets and use periodically as skill-building exercises
  • Sort the worksheets by subject and incorporate into appropriate units

  • The worksheet contains both questions that encourage close reading and a list of suggested activities
  • Activities include using an online site to identify the most frequently used words in the speech

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