Obama's Eulogy as Literature

Students used design thinking to examine Barack Obama's eulogy in Charleston, focusing on rhetorical techniques and literary themes.

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To begin the year's interdisciplinary study of American history and English, students used design thinking to examine Barack Obama's eulogy in Charleston, focusing on rhetorical techniques and literary themes.

How does this idea help to spark student curiosity?

Gets them to make connections across history, English, and other disciplines. Encourages them to consider serious social issues, including race, religion, and violence. Puts students at center of design thinking process by asking them to anticipate the challenges Obama had in responding to the Charleston shooting.

What grade level is this idea most appropriate for?

  • High School (9-12)

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Allen, Thanks for your post! There is so much good "stuff" in that speech that brings together the disciplines, as you said. I like how you started the year with this to connect across subject areas. Curious to know where you dug in on the empathy piece. Seems like so many places to go with that.

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