Showing posts with label JFK. Show all posts
Showing posts with label JFK. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Analyzing Word Choice in a Presidential Statement

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on this day in 1963. Later in the same day Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President of the United States. President Johnson took the oath of office on Air Force One. When the plane landed at Andrews Air Force Base he gave a short statement. His speech card is today's featured document in the National Archives' daily document series.

One of the interesting things on President Johnson's speech card is the freehand editing that was done to it. I would have students look at the speech card and analyze why President Johnson edited out things like "every American" and replaced it with "all people." When looked at in light of the Cold War that choice and some of his other editing choices are significant.

An audio recording of President Johnson's statement can be heard here on the LBJ Library website.

See Larry Ferlazzo's blog for a long list of more resources about the assassination of JFK.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

We Choose the Moon - 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago today President Kennedy announced to Congress that the United States would put a man on the moon before the end of the 1960's. Today, NASA featured a short video that included the audio from that speech to Congress. The video explains the significance of Kennedy's proclamation in 1961 and today. Watch the video below.

On a related note, here is a video I found on YouTube that features President Kennedy's speech to Congress and the moon landing itself.

Another related resource that you should check out is We Choose the Moon. We Choose the Moon is an interactive recreation of the Apollo 11 mission from start to finish.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Interactive Exhibits at the JFK Presidential Library

Yesterday, I shared with you some videos of John F. Kennedy's inauguration as President of the United States. This morning I spent some time on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum website and found some things that will be of interest to teachers of US History.

The JFK Presidential Library and Museum website has four interactive exhibits for learning about John F. Kennedy and his presidency. We Choose the Moon (a resource I reviewed over a year ago) is an interactive exploration of the Apollo 11 mission. The site covers everything from Kennedy's first proclamation that the US would put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960's to the moon landing itself.

The White House Diary is an interactive flipbook of Kennedy's schedule while in office. You can flip through it page by page to see what he did on each day or pick a specific date from the calendar. Many of the pages include video clips and or images from that day.

The JFK Timeline is an interactive timeline Kennedy's presidency. The timeline features cultural and world events as well as US political events.

Finally, the Virtual JFK Museum Tour takes you to view exhibits and artifacts in the museum. The tour is narrated and in some cases you hear Kennedy's voice. The tour is divided into major themes and events of Kennedy's presidency including his campaign, the Peace Corps, and the Space Race. The tour also includes some information about Bobby Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Videos - JFK's Inauguration

Later this week we'll mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's inauguration. If you're thinking of including this in a US History lesson, here are a couple of videos that you can use to support your lesson.

This video from Hulu's NBC Time Capsule includes all of the footage from NBC's broadcast of Kennedy's inauguration.

This video from C-SPAN is the footage of Kennedy's inaugural address only.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Profile in Courage Essay Contest

The JFK Library is once again hosting a Profile in Courage Essay Contest. The contest asks US high school students (grades 9-12) to write a 1,000 word essay profiling the political courage of an elected official between 1956 and now. The profile can be of an elected official at any level from local to national government. The contest winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a $5,000 John Hancock Freedom 529 College Savings Plan. The second place writer will receive $1,000 cash and five finalists will receive $500 cash prizes. The deadline for submissions is January 8, 2011. You can find all of the contest rules and requirements here.

Applications for Education
If you're a teacher of US History who already has your students research important figures of the second half of the 20th Century, having those students write for this contest could make a nice incentive for your students to put in a little extra effort.

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Evolution of Television 1926-2010

The Evolution of Television is a timeline infographic hosted by Sterling Satellite. The infographic highlights major developments in television technology and highlights in broadcasting history. For example, did you know that JFK's inauguration was the first to be broadcast in color? Visit Sterling Satellite to view the full size infographic.

Thanks to Cool Infographics for the graphic.

Applications for Education
Television is as much a part of students' lives as just about any other technology. In teaching US History, I've always found pop culture to be a good segue to introducing important events of the 20th Century. For example, we could take this timeline and have students identify other significant events corresponding with a development in broadcast history.

Bonus material: JFK's Inauguration.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Restored Videos of First Moon Landing

I found this news in the Reuters' most watched videos RSS feed. NASA is restoring all of the videos from the first moon landing on July 20, 1969. All of the videos will be available in September, but you can see a preview now on the NASA website. You can also watch the sample that is embedded below.

Applications for Education
The restored videos of the first moon landing could be good materials to use as part of lesson on the history of space exploration. The videos would also be good to use as part of a lesson on the Cold War and the Space Race.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
We Choose the Moon - Apollo 11 40th Anniversary
JFK's "We Choose the Moon" Speech