Presidential Leadership and the Goal to Unify | America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump

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Traditionally, a United States President's Inaugural Address establishes the tone and vision for his presidency. It has stressed the goal to unify the country and bring the political parties together after what are often divisive campaigns. A Frontline resource asks young political scientists to compare and contrast Donald Trump's inaugural address with Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address to determine how each man used the speech to establish the vision for his presidency.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Read all the linked articles in the Support Materials for Teachers carefully before conducting the lesson
  • Expand the research, have class members examine the tone of Joe Biden's inauguration speech, and compare it to Trump's and Lincoln's
Classroom Considerations
  • Ensure a protocol is in place to permit pupils with differing points of view to share their thoughts safely and respectfully
Pros
  • The resource includes teaching tips with discussion questions and links to related resources that provide background information
Cons
  • None
Common Core