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Teaching Resources for the State of the Union Address

  • Analyzing the Messages of the State of the Union Address 
    Mark T. Kissling and Christopher C. Martell
    The president´s annual speech to Congress on the condition of the nation offers students an opportunity to examine key domestic issues as well as the president´s proposals. (From Social Education)

  • PBS NEWSHOUR. This lesson from PBS New Hour for grade 7-12 teaches students about the history and purpose of the State of the Union address, and to suggest how to evaluate the speech.

  • “State of the Union Bingo,” created by The National Constitution Center, is a lesson plan to engage 7-12th grade students (as they watch the president’s annual address to Congress) in a fun and interactive way. Students examine the events and topics, as well as the president’s legislative plan for the coming year. The lesson plan, complete with Bingo cards, is free at


9-11 Commemoration Resources

2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. NCSS has collected resources from its journals Social Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, and Middle Level Learning that teachers can use when preparing to teach about 9-11 and acknowledge the upcoming anniversary. Also listed are several additional online resources.

A Message of Hope and Responsibility for America’s Students

"You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free."
---President Barack Obama, September 8, 2009

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