Lessons on government, history from the State of the Union

02/13/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

President Barack Obama's State of the Union address can serve as a springboard for a range of classroom lessons, including discussions about the history of the speech and what's involved in preparing a presidential address that covers so many issues. Annissa Hambouz and Michael Gonchar write in this blog post that teachers can have students compare the most recent speech to previous addresses or even identify goals outlined by the president and track them to see whether the federal government makes any progress toward meeting the objectives.

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