Students will learn about and create speeches around Food Pledges
Estimated Time45 Minutes
- SS5H8 The student will describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America
- a. Explain how German attacks on U.S. shipping during the war in Europe (1914 – 1917) ultimately led the U.S. to join the fight against Germany; include the sinking of the Lusitania and concerns over safety of U.S. ships, U.S. contributions to the war, and the impact of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
- HE5.2. Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
- Explain to students that during World War I, President Wilson solicited widespread support for the war at home and abroad, largely through an organized group called the “Four Minute Men,” a virtual army of volunteers who gave brief speeches anywhere they could get an audience – movie theaters, churches, lodges, etc. It’s been estimated that 75,000 men delivered over 7.5 million speeches to more than 314 million people.
- Display the primary source on Food Pledge Week for students to explore.
- Lead students in developing their own “4 minute” speech to convince their neighbors to sign the food pledge of 1917.
- Challenge students to develop a 4 minute persuasive speech to convince a specific audience about food concerns of today. Examples could include: to their neighbor about buying local food, to their principal about healthier lunch options, or to their parents about growing a garden.