The purpose of this NewsHour lesson is to teach students how to evaluate the speech and the history and purpose of it. Students will discuss the elements of a successful political speech and learn how to evaluate the State of the Union speech. Students should fill out the worksheet on the State of the Union address. The first part of the worksheet should be completed before viewing the speech , while the rest of the worksheet will be filled out after the speech. If students have trouble predicting topics President Trump may speak about, suggest issues such as the health care, jobs, the economy, taxes, education, abortion, U.
In the address, the president typically reports on the general condition of the nation in the areas of domestic and foreign policy issues and outlines his or her legislative platform and national priorities. As a policy of the doctrine of separation of powers , the Speaker of the House must invite the president to present the State of the Union Address in person. In lieu of an invitation, the address can be delivered to Congress in written form. Since January 8, , when George Washington personally delivered the first annual message to Congress, presidents have "from time to time," been doing just that in what has become known as the State of the Union Address. The speech was shared with the public only through newspapers until when President Calvin Coolidge's annual message was broadcast on radio. Franklin D. Roosevelt first used the phrase "State of the Union" in , and in , Roosevelt's successor Harry S.
With millions watching, it's an unprecedented PR opportunity for the president. This year's State of the Union will see the latest steps in the evolution of an annual ritual. This year, the White House has created a team of Web-savvy staff members who will be charged with using videos, social media posts, digital op-eds and animated GIFs to spread the president's message on the Internet during and after the speech, according to the The New York Times. Partisan politics aside, few people disagree that President Obama is a talented speaker. Still, delivering the State of the Union is probably his greatest oratorical challenge of the year.
Congress near the beginning of each calendar year on the current condition of the nation. Constitution for the president to periodically "give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union , and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. After , Woodrow Wilson , the 28th U. President, began the regular practice of delivering the address to Congress in person as a way to rally support for the president's agenda. Since during the first term of Franklin D.