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Activity Overview

In this activity, students will have the opportunity to read, hear, and analyze Barack Obama's speech "The Audacity of Hope".

Students may listen to the speech or read the text.

After listening to the speech and reading the text, the teacher may lead the students in a discussion about its themes and meaning. Students will then create a storyboard listing at least three themes or central ideas they found in the speech. They will write the theme in the header, cite an example from the speech in the description box and include an illustration that depicts the theme.

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Objective: After listening to/reading and discussing the speech "Audacity of Hope" by Barack Obama, illustrate three themes or central ideas present in the speech.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Choose at least three themes or central ideas present in the speech.
  3. Write the themes in the top headers of the storyboard.
  4. Cite an example from the speech in the description box.
  5. Include an illustration of each theme using appropriate symbols, scenes, characters and/or items.

Requirements: Name at least three themes, cite examples of each theme from the speech, illustrate each theme.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/6/5] Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in the story. Illustrate instances of each and write a short description that explains the example's significance.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Identify Theme(s)
All themes are correctly identified as important recurring topics or messages in the story.
Some themes are correctly identified, but others are missing or do not make sense with the story.
No themes are correctly identified.
All examples support the identified themes. Descriptions clearly say why examples are significant.
Most examples fit the identified themes. Descriptions say why examples are significant.
Most examples do not fit the identified themes. Descriptions are unclear.
Storyboard cells clearly show connection with the themes and help with understanding.
Most storyboard cells help to show the themes, but some storyboard cells are difficult to understand.
Storyboard cells do not help in understanding the themes.

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