Primary Source Worksheet: Tip O'Neill, "Epilogue: What I Believe" from Man of the House

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The epilogue to former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill's memoir provides readers with an opportunity to practice their informational text reading comprehension skills. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Ask readers to contrast the views expressed by this life-long liberal democrat with those of Ronald Reagan
  • Ask groups to consider how O'Neill's views would be received iin congress today
  • Show the Chris Matthews segment on O'Neil and Reagan, available on YouTube, that provides background about the relationship between the Speaker of the House and the President

 

Pros

  • The epilogue clearly states O'Neill's philosophies
  • The worksheet includes questions that encourage a close reading of the text

 

Cons

  • Additional information will need to be presented for readers to understand some of the references in the document