What did Senator Margaret Chase Smith hope to accomplish with this speech?
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The lesson uses close reading strategies to draw students progressively deeper into the text. First students read the text to identify repetition, learn about the historical context and build vocabulary. Re-‐reading, they connect allusions in the text to the historical context. Students write an essay answering the lesson focus question and citing evidence from the speech. For 11th grade U.S. History teachers who may wish to use this source while teaching the Cold War unit, there are additional resources.