Center for Urban Education: Resources

Persuasive Writing: When students construct persuasive arguments they can learn how to Analyze Persuasive Texts.

Analyze Persuasive Passages

Persuasive Statements

Native American Views of Nature


Persuasive Speeches

Remarks by President Barack Obama in Eulogy for the Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney

President Barack Obama's Second Inaugural Address

Ain't I a Woman?  Sojourner Truth

Frederick Douglass Speech on Women's Suffrage

John F. Kennedy's Remarks in the Rudolph Wilde Platz, Berlin

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

President Barack Obama's Speech to Students

Governor Deval Patrick's Inaugural Speech

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address

Mayor Harold Washington's Acceptance Speech

Helen Keller Speech about the Blind


Persuasive Poems and Songs

Analyze then Create a Persuasive Song

Interpret African American Spirituals

America the Beautiful

This Land is Your Land

We will overcome! 

Consider what difference ! makes. 

How much stronger is will than shall?

How does this song relate to "Yes we can!"

Link to Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

Not in the public domain but accessible at this site.

Liberty Song about Abolition


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