Many social studies teachers ask their students to watch the State of the Union address. It is an important civic function that, unfortunately, many do not exercise. TCI would like to encourage students to become active listeners during President Obama’s speech to the nation on January 24th. To help, teachers can use this activity sheet. Download and print off for your students before this Tuesday.
2012 State of the Union 1) Given that most of America’s leaders are gathered in one spot during occasions like this, what would happen if the unthinkable took place? Follow this link to find out and then listen to the network coverage. The news anchors always let the viewers know who is the designated survivor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Designated_survivor _____________________ was the designated survivor for this State of the Union. 2) When delivering the State of the Union address, the President will usually insert the line or phrase, “The state of our union is strong.” Listen for this catch phrase. Every modern President has used a phrase similar to this. What time was it when President Obama used the catch phrase? _________ 3) Watching a State of the Union, you might think that it was a physical education class for geezers. The people in attendance are constantly getting up out of their seat to applaud, then sit down, and then do it again. Believe it or not, they might do this more than 20 times! What was your final count? ______ 4) When Ronald Reagan was President, he began a practice each President has used since of bringing in special guests (who usually sit with the First Lady) and are recognized during the speech. President Obama is likely to continue that tradition this year. Who was a special guest and recognized by the President? __________________________ 5) Modern Presidents have always used the State of the Union to address any number of issues. Though times may change some issues, others remain constant. Summarize one thing the President said about these things: •Education: __________________________________________ •Health Care: __________________________________________ •Economy:__________________________________________ •Nat’l Defense:__________________________________________ Here arefive activities to completeduring the President’s state of the Union address on Jan. 25, 2011 800-497-6138 www.teachtci.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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