Empowering Students to Meet the Challenges of Our Time
Featuring excerpts from two inspiring speeches by the two youngest U.S. presidents:
1) John F. Kennedy’s 1961 Inaugural Address and
2) Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena Speech” at the Sorbonne, 1910.
SUBJECTS — U.S. History and Culture, 1945 – 1991 to Current
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Leadership
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility
AGE; 14+; A film clip with the excerpts of President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address is available here. Portions of President Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena Speech” are set out in the Learning Guide.
At the end of the lesson, students will: 1) understand that persons ages 30 and below, can make a difference in our world; and 2) have made a list of the major challenges facing their country and the world together with a description of what they can do to help meet some of those challenges.
Depending on which assignments are given and class size (one suggested assignment involves 5 minute presentations by the students), it is estimated that this lesson plan will take two 50-minute class periods.