President Trump announced on April 6 that the United States conducted a missile strike on targets in Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government. This strike is the latest in a long line of U.S. military actions, including five wars since World War II. The solemn presidential speeches that have accompanied these actions share similar stylistic and rhetorical strategies that have remained consistent throughout the years. This lesson asks students to look more closely at five common elements in these presidential speeches and evaluate their effectiveness when making the case for military action.
For independent practice, use this Presidential Words of Warcraft chart.