During this sequence of independent tasks, students will be reading, analyzing, and writing about seminal U.S. speeches of historical and literary significance. This work will prepare them to write an essay that analyzes how these speeches address related themes and concepts. The texts utilized for these sample tasks are

Clinton, W. J. “Oklahoma Bombing Memorial Prayer Service Address.” American Rhetoric. 23 Apr. 1995. Web. 7 Jun. 2012. <http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/wjcoklahomabombingspeech.htm>.
Johnson, L.B. “Let Us Continue.” American Rhetoric. Nov. 1963. Web. 7 Jun. 2012. <http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/lbjletuscontinue.html>.
Reagan, R. “The Space Shuttle ‘Challenger’ Tragedy Address.” American Rhetoric. 28 Jan. 1986. Web. 7 Jun. 2012. <http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/ronaldreaganchallenger.htm>.

The Student Support provides support for assisting students to understand what the task requires, and then provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their engagement with the task.

Student Sequence

  • Read text 1 and complete comprehension tasks:
    • Independent Task 1 – Comprehension: Purpose and Rhetoric
    • Independent Task 2 – Vocabulary: Tier 2 Words
  • View text 2 and complete comprehension tasks:
    • Independent Task 3 – Comprehension: Central Idea
  • Read text 3 and complete comprehension tasks:
    • Independent Task 4 – Unfolding an Argument
  • Complete Independent Task 5 – Analytic Writing
Watch the video for an overview of Independent Tasks