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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