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The Best (& Most Intriguing) Resources For Learning About The State Of The Union Message

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President Obama will be giving the yearly State Of The Union Message shortly. I’ve been accumulating related links since his 2011 State Of The Union Message, and will continue to do so. The most recent links can be found at the end.

It’s a little late, but I thought I’d bring together a few resources on annual speech given by U.S. Presidents. Some sites have done interesting things with word clouds and analyses of previous speeches. Somewhat ironically, the BBC has some of the best resources on the topic.

Here are my choices for The Best (& Most Intriguing) Resources For Learning About The State Of The Union Message:

The BBC identifies a handful words that have been used most often in State of the Union speeches since they began at State of the Union: The rise of ‘we’

The BBC also has an accessible article titled What is the State of the Union speech?

Here are five sites that have related Word Clouds — all somewhat different:

The Daily Beast has Word Clouds From Wilson to Obama.

Patterns of Speech: 75 Years of the State of the Union Addresses comes from The New York Times.

US Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud include all the State of the Union addresses ever given.

President Obama in Words: Speeches of the Presidency Visualized comes from ABC News.

An artist has made all of the State of the Union speeches into “eye charts.”

Obama’s State of the Union Addresses Are Long, But Not as Long as Clinton’s is an infographic comparing the length of State of The Union speeches.

The President’s State of the Union Message: Frequently Asked Questions comes from the U.S. Senate, and would have to be modified for ELL’s.

State of the Union: The crafting of a speech is from The Christian Science Monitor, and would also have to be modified.

Notable addresses: From Lincoln to Bush is an interactive from CNN.

The New York Times Learning Network has an easily “updateable” lesson plan.

Here are some visualizations/infographics on President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address:

Breaking down the State of the Union 2012 is from The Washington Post.

Choice Words is from The New York Times.

Here’s a Word Cloud from CBS News.

The New York Times has an interactive video of the President’s speech.

The Wall Street Journal has a pretty intriguing interactive examining the phrases President Obama has used in his three State of the Union speeches.

isn’t a visualization, but Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post has highlighted the portions of his text dealing with education issues.

What They Said is a new cool interactive from The Wall Street Journal comparing words used by modern U.S. Presidents during their State of The Union messages.

The ASIDE blog has a useful Visualizations To Teach The State of The Union post.

Bing announces interactive State of the Union site, Bing Pulse is from The Washington Post.

Here’s an Interactive History of The State Of The Union Address.

State Of The Union:

provides access to the corpus of all the State of the Union addresses from 1790 to 2012. SOTU allows you to explore how specific words gain and lose prominence over time, and to link to information on the historical context for their use. SOTU focuses on the relationship between individual addresses as compared to the entire collection of addresses, highlighting what is different about the selected document.

The Wall Street Journal has an interactive transcript of President Obama’s 2013 speech.

The Guardian has evaluated the reading level of every State of the Union address.

Assessing the Address: State of the Union Lesson Ideas comes from The New York Times Learning Network.

Here’s a word cloud of the President’s 2013 address.

Obama’s State of the Union Themes is a graphic from The New York Times.

The New York Times has come up with a very creative interactive for the 2013 State of the Union address — you get to “cut-and-paste” your own one minute video highlight reel at My State of the Union Address in 60 Seconds. It lets you do the same with the Republican response.

In addition, The Times has created an interactive video of the entire speech.

What He Said is a Wall St. Journal interactive on the 2013 SOTU.

The Many States of the Union
is a Wall St Jrnl slideshow.

History through the president’s words is a cool interactive from The Washington Post.

If It Happened There: The State of the Union is a fascinating article in Slate.

New words and old words:Forty years of evolving State of the Union themes is an interactive from The Washington Post.

Use of Inequality of Language in State of the Union speeches is also from The Washington Post.

Bookworm: SOTU is like a Google Ngram for State of the Union addresses.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

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One Comment

  1. Thanks for the great site, Larry. Here’s another nice visual re: the speech’s language in the last decade:

    http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/01/24/stately-language-breaking-down-the-words-used-in-state-of-the-union-addresses/

    Regards,
    BG

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