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Ch 20: SAT Reading: US Documents & Speeches

About This Chapter

Review famous U.S. documents and speeches by watching these online videos. In addition to the animated and informational video lessons, this chapter includes brief self-assessment quizzes that measure your progress and can help you study for the reading section of the SAT.

SAT Reading: US Documents and Speeches - Chapter Summary

Within this chapter, you'll find several online videos that outline important documents and speeches in U.S. history. Practice analyzing and summarizing documentation that includes the Treaty of Paris, the Bill of Rights and the Articles of Confederation. When you take the reading portion of the SAT examination, apply what you've learned or reviewed. This chapter is designed to assist you with questions related to analyzing and interpreting:

  • The Great Global Conversation
  • The Declaration of Independence and the British reply
  • Articles of Confederation
  • The US Constitution and the Bill of Rights
  • The Federalist Papers and Treaty of Paris
  • Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamation
  • Ghandi's Freedom's Battle and Cady's Declaration of Sentiments
  • Thoreau's Civil Disobedience and Walden
  • Letter from Birmingham Jail

Move forward with your preparations for passing the SAT examination by watching and taking notes on each one of this chapter's video lessons. They include text transcripts and five-question multiple-choice quizzes that can be printed out for convenient reference. You'll also have the option of submitting your questions interactively for expert assistance. Accessible 24/7 anywhere that you have Internet connectivity, the video lessons can be paused and rewound. The main topics can be navigated quickly when you click on the timeline link.

SAT Reading: US Documents and Speeches Chapter Objectives

All in all, you'll have 65 minutes to answer 52 multiple-choice questions on the reading portion of the paper-based SAT examination. The test will typically include 1-2 passages from a US founding document or a text related to, followed by a series of questions. These questions test your knowledge of this chapter's subjects along with your overall ability to analyze information.

15 Lessons in Chapter 20: SAT Reading: US Documents & Speeches
The Great Global Conversation: Reading Passages on the SAT

1. The Great Global Conversation: Reading Passages on the SAT

The SAT has questions based on a text from the Great Global Conversation about freedom, justice, and human rights. In this lesson, we'll examine what the Great Global Conversation is, and what students can expect from this type of question on the SAT.

The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

2. The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in U.S. History and led to the country's independence from Great Britain. In this lesson, we will review the main components of this important document.

British Reply to the Declaration: Summary & Analysis

3. British Reply to the Declaration: Summary & Analysis

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in United States history. Most of us know the charges against King George III. But what about his reaction? In this lesson, we will discuss his reply to the declaration.

The Articles of Confederation: Summary & Analysis

4. The Articles of Confederation: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will discuss the background leading to the Articles of Confederation. We will then summarize the different articles contained in the document and analyze their importance.

The Constitution of the United States: Summary & Analysis

5. The Constitution of the United States: Summary & Analysis

The United States Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. In this lesson, we will summarize its components, including the preamble, articles, and its first ten amendments.

The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis

6. The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis

Why do Americans have certain freedoms? This lesson reviews the events leading to the Bill of Rights. It also summarizes each of the ten amendments and analyzes the importance of each one.

The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis

7. The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis

The Federalist Papers are one of the most important documents in American history. The letters played a large role in ratifying the Constitution by teaching the public why the Constitution was needed and what exactly it contained.

Treaty of Paris: Summary & Analysis

8. Treaty of Paris: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will discuss the Treaty of Paris and the events that led up to its signing. After summarizing the treaty, we will analyze its aftermath.

Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis

9. Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis

This lesson discusses the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches in American history. Learn more about what Abraham Lincoln's speech means and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Emancipation Proclamation: Summary & Analysis

10. Emancipation Proclamation: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will discuss the background of the Civil War and the role of slavery. We will then define the Emancipation Proclamation, summarize its key points, and then analyze the effects that it had on the Civil War and the United States.

Freedom's Battle: Summary & Analysis

11. Freedom's Battle: Summary & Analysis

''Freedom's Battle'' is a 1922 collection of essays and speeches by Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi. They express Gandhi's opposition to British rule and his philosophy of passive resistance.

Declaration of Sentiments: Elizabeth Cady

12. Declaration of Sentiments: Elizabeth Cady

The Declaration of Sentiments was one of the most important documents of the women's movement of the 19th century. Read about the Declaration's author, origins and goals, then test yourself.

Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

13. Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau wrote the essay Civil Disobedience to show his opposition to slavery and American imperialism. His essay has influenced many prominent civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

14. Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential transcendental American writers and Walden was one of the movement's most important works. Let's explore why.

Letter from Birmingham Jail: Summary & Analysis

15. Letter from Birmingham Jail: Summary & Analysis

Martin Luther King, Jr. takes on and beats nine tough criticisms in his 'Letter from Birmingham Jail.' Discover the hidden structure and radical rhetorical power of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most widely-read text.

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