Development of the Study Guide
We invite you to participate in the development of a study guide related to the JFK: The Last Speech film, book and website project. At the end of the documentary, Jay Parini sets the stage saying:
“Never have we needed to look back to Kennedy and Frost more intensely and wonder what can we learn from these men, what can we take away from this moment in time, and what words can we find there which are going light a way to a more hopeful, civilized, and peaceful American future?”
Jay’s words capture the central objective of our project. What can we as individuals and as a society learn from Kennedy and Frost, their words, their example and their lives that is relevant today?
We are using the film, book and website to introduce the Kennedy and Frost messages to audiences everywhere, but to effectively catalyze discussion and reflection, we also need a study guide that raises questions, offers suggestions for further study and engages students of all ages. With that objective, we will provide teachers and professors with access to the film and book for use in preparing the lesson plans, and ask that they agree in return, to send us their lesson plans and a review of the “classroom” results.
We invite you to send us one or more study guide exercises / lesson plans. Multiple exercises may each stand alone or may be related to create a study guide unit.
The study guide will be published on our website, www.jfkthelastspeech.org, once we have received ten submissions. Additional exercises/units will be added as they are received. When a study guide of sufficient size has been assembled we plan to publish a printed volume.