From the National Constitution Center, Address America is for middle & high school students to find their own voice in a civic engagement project. Students enter their own six-word stump speech, choose a category over an issue, & submit it.
For a little background on a Stump speech, it is a six-word focused & consistent idea that politicians give in a public forum. Named from the days when politicians use to stand on sawed-off tree stumps to address the public. They can be memorable, like President F.D.R.’s “Restore America to its own people,” which aided him to when the 1932 election. Or what President George H.W. Bush said in 1988, “Read my lips: no new taxes.” These can provide great discussion points for a class debate.
It is easy for students to enter their ideas, comment on another’s thoughts, or remix someone else’s stump speech. A lesson plan is included for teachers. A classroom idea is to have students create campaign posters with their stump speeches & do a public opinion poll with their classmates or school.