Primary Source Worksheet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address

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Young historians will learn not to fear primary source materials (or fear itself, for that matter) thanks to this resource that uses Franklin D. Roosevelt's March 4, 1933 Inaugural Address to model how to conduct a close reading of such documents.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Audio recording of excerpts, as well as the complete speech, are available on YouTube
  • After a close reading of the speech and an examination of the rhetorical devices Roosevelt uses, play the audio and elicit listener response
  • Collect the entire set of worksheets and use periodically as skill-building exercises
  • Sort the worksheets by subject and incorporate into appropriate units
Classroom Considerations

  • The YouTube recording of the entire speech is 18:55 minutes long
Pros

  • An extensive list of reading questions and activities are included in the resource
  • A link is provided to a site that identifies the words used most frequently in the speech
Cons

  • None