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Video & Transcript Of President Obama’s Farewell Address


The President is giving his Farewell Address right now, and the White House has just released the transcript of his address (Here’s another link).

Barack Obama’s farewell speech in full: annotated is from The Guardian.

I think it’s pretty impressive, and lots of excerpts from it are going to be great Read Alouds and grist for writing prompts.

You can find several other writing prompts connected to the President’s past speeches at Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

I’m adding this post to The Best Places To Learn About President Barack Obama’s Life.

Here’s an embedded video of his speech:

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Hello,
    Thank you! I am a high school Language Arts teacher and would love to use this in class. Are you using Obama’s farewell speech in your classes? If so, how do you plan on using it?

    • I haven’t had time yet to figure that out, but there is plenty there! I’ll just probably pick a short passage and have students respond to a prompt using a similar structure to what I’ve used in the past – you can see those at the link I mention in the post.

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