Teaching Persuasion and Critical Thinking Using the State of the Union Address

Claire C. Robinson May, Cleveland State University


Like many law professors, I like to encourage my first-year students to be politically aware and engaged. I also want them to develop their critical thinking skills. In addition, as a legal writing professor, every spring it is my job to teach them the art of persuasive writing. I use the president's State of the Union Address as a teaching tool to do all three.