Once a year, the President of the United States stands in front of Congress and the American people to deliver the State of the Union Address. Throughout history, there have been some amazing speeches, and some less-than-amazing ones. But have the annual addresses gotten…dumber
In this lesson, students examine the Flesch-Kincaid formula for determining the grade level of a piece of writing (which has been used to make the claim above). Then, they apply it to presidential addresses over time and decide whether claims of declining intelligence are fair.