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

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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
Pros

  • 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
Cons

  • None