2017 Inaugural Address

Daily News Article - January 23, 2017


1. Even if you have done so already, watch the speech. (Read it above or at whitehouse.gov/inaugural-address.) Who was President Trump speaking to in his address: Congress or the American people?

2. List at least 3 promises President Trump made in his address. Which is heartening to you? Are any of these promises disheartening to you? Explain your answers.

3. a) In his speech, President Trump said: "At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens." Do you agree with his assertion? Explain your answer.
b) Ask a parent the same question. Discuss your answers.

4. What did President Trump say in his address regarding national unity?

5. Tone is the attitude a speaker takes toward his subject. What tone did Donald Trump take in his inauguration speech on Friday? (optimistic, hopeful, enthusiastic, solemn, inspiring, negative, hopeless, complaining? …) Explain your answer.

6. a) What did you see as the main focus of President Trump’s speech?
b) The media across the board labeled Trump's address "dark."  Read some of the headlines:

After reading and listening to his speech, do you agree with the media’s interpretation of President Trump’s inaugural address?  Explain your answer.

c) If a person did not watch or listen to the speech him/herself, do you think the media's interpretation of the speech would affect his/her outlook on the new president? Explain your answer.