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Student Activities:

  • 1.

    What problem does Gov. Hoard identify in this speech? What is his main point?

  • 2.

    What evidence does he use to support his claim?

  • 3.

    What solution does he propose for this problem?

  • 4.

    What objections to his position does Hoard anticipate? How does he seek to diffuse these

objections?

5. Can you find unspoken assumptions in this source about immigrants, American values, the power of state government, or other important subjects? What are they?

6. The speaker presents himself as a friend to GermanAmericans. What words and phrases does he use to support his claim of friendship? Do you find any evidence to contradict his claim?

  • 7.

    Does the speaker also attempt to present himself as a friend to the reader? How?

  • 8.

    What argument (position or side) is missing from this document? List four opposing

points that you find in the two “Related Documents” cited above.

9. Today, the “Englishonly” issue is still hotly debated. Do you think “Englishonly” is a good policy for United States schools? Why or why not? Who might agree with your position? Who might disagree?

10. Is it better for young people to learn how to write and speak mainstream English so they can succeed in mainstream America, or to preserve and cherish their own language and ethnic values so those aren’t lost? Take a stand; list your reasons for believing in it.

8th Grade Standards Addressed: 8.1, 8.4, 8.5, 8.10

12th Grade Standards Addressed: 12.1, 12.2

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