Writing About Informational Text The Berlin Wall

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On June 26, 1963 President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech close to the Berlin Wall at the Rudolph Wilde Platz. On June 12, 1987 President Ronald Reagan Delivered his famous "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" speech at the Brandenburg Gate. As a writing assessment, ninth and tenth graders read excerpts from these speeches and then craft an essay in which they explain whether or not Kennedy's and Reagan's speeches have a common purpose and use similar rhetorical devices.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • After class members have examined Kennedy's and Reagan's speeches, share the YouTube videos of both speeches
Classroom Considerations
  • Presumes writers have previously studied rhetorical devices and have experience crafting an essay in which they compare similar texts
  • The 50-page packet includes a teacher's guide for the assessment, excerpts from Kennedy's and Reagan's speeches, discussion questions, graphic organizers, the writing prompt, and a rubric
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