*Conduct a close read of President Obama’s farewell address to analyze his vision for America’s future after his administration, including his own future work as a citizen.
*Investigate our nation’s evolution and progress since Obama’s administration ended.
*Review the Venn diagram exercises to synthesize their learning about President Obama and his administration’s work toward a more perfect union.
*Write and deliver a speech communicating their own ideas about a more perfect union.
Materials: Listed in order as they appear in the lesson
Educator Note: All Handouts can be copied as PDFs or uploaded to a shared online platform
*Equipment to screen film clips curated for this lesson
*Excerpts from Handouts One-Six: Excerpts of Obama’s Farewell Address
*Handout Seven: The More Perfect Union Venn Diagram
*Equipment to screen the interview segment chosen for this lesson
*Handout Eight: Speech-Writing Prompt
Length: Two or three 55-minute class periods