The annual State of the Union Address may not be the most gripping television moment for kids (or adults, for that matter!), but it’s certainly a powerful teachable moment. And some folks are trying to make it easier for teachers with online lesson plans.
The PBS Newshour has developed a lesson plan for President Obama’s speech that aims to “teach students about the history and purpose of the State of the Union Address, and to teach them how to evaluate the speech.”
Meanwhile, the National Constitution Center is offering up State of the Union Bingo 2010 to get students engaged in the president’s address. As part of the lesson, students are “each given a State of the Union Bingo card to use while watching the speech. The next class session, the cards are used as a discussion starter as well as a tool to analyze the president’s agenda for the coming year.”
I’m sure there are other lesson plans pegged to the State of the Union out there. Know of any? Post a comment. And don’t forget to tune in tomorrow night. (And in the interest of being fair and balanced, be sure to stick around for the Republican response, which will be delivered this year by Virginia’s new governor, Bob McDonnell.)
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.