Presidential Speech Analysis

Presidential Speech Analysis

CRA Description : 
In this assignment, students are asked to read and view a presidential “State of the Union” speech, interpret its meaning and intent, critique the strength of the arguments, and apply their knowledge to analyze which sources of presidential power the President relied upon in each major section of the speech. Students will outline the speech to facilitate analysis and will do research to set the speech in the cultural and political context of its time.
Subjects: 
Social Studies
US Government
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Bi-partisan
Domestic Policy
Executive Agreement
Executive Order
Executive Privilege
Foreign Policy
Formal Powers
Implied Powers
Item Veto
Joint Session of Congress
Mid-Term Elections
Partisan
Pocket Veto
Presidential Agenda
State of the Union Address (Article II-Section 3 of the Constitution)
Treaty
Prior Knowledge: 
Students will need to have a solid understanding of the powers of the executive office and also be comfortable reading material from a variety of sources. They should be aware of the U.S. Constitutional provision (Article II-Section 3), which is the legal source of the “State of the Union” message. They should be able to outline and analyze a lengthy speech and draw conclusions about its content. Students should be able to research a topic independently.