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Happy Monday 11 th Graders!. Do Now: What national tragedy in your lifetime affected you the most emotionally/mentally? Why? How did government address the situation? (Some examples: Oklahoma City Bombing Columbine, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Tucson shooting, etc.). National Tragedies.

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Happy monday 11 th graders

Happy Monday 11th Graders!

Do Now: What national tragedy in your lifetime affected you the most emotionally/mentally? Why? How did government address the situation?

(Some examples: Oklahoma City Bombing Columbine, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Tucson shooting, etc.)


National tragedies

National Tragedies

  • http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2011-01-11-presidents-mourn-national-tragedies_N.htm


The challenger

The Challenger

  • The Challenger was a space shuttle which flew 9 successful missions.

  • On January 28th, 7 crew members set off on a space mission in The Challenger.

  • One thing made the mission unique– it was the start of a new program: TISP or Teachers in Space Program, and was scheduled to carry Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher to fly in space.

  • 73 seconds into the mission, the shuttle exploded, killing the entire crew.


The disaster

The Disaster

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4JOjcDFtBE

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkULqidPYh0


Ronald reagan the great communicator

Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator

  • Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States, and earned the nickname “the great communicator”

  • His speeches were designed to strike at the heart of a shared, feel-good, American identity.


Happy monday 11 th graders

  • Ted Koppel of NBC News once said:

    "Ronald Reagan has this wonderful communicator's ability to convey to the public: 'I know you're smarter about some things than I am, and I know there are some things we both perhaps don't understand as well as we'd like. I know that experts drive you crazy like they sometimes drive me crazy. Let's see if we can get right to the heart of this issue. Ronald Reagan rarely, if ever, talks over the public's head. The public clearly responds very positively to that."


Before we read

Before we Read:

  • Given what you know of the Challenger Disaster and Ronald Reagan’s rhetorical style, what can you predict about the content of this speech?

  • What do you think Reagan’s purpose will be? What about his tone?


Questions for discussion

Questions for Discussion

  • What is the purpose of the speech?

  • How does Reagan address people's need to find blame?

  • How does Reagan balance the tragedy with the importance of science and exploration? Is he effective?

  • Why is it important in times of tragedy that leaders address the nation?


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