Teacher's Guide: Comprehension
Use this activity with your students before or after they watch the program Oswald's Ghost.
The following description of the Kennedy assassination contains 15 inaccuracies. Use information from this site's FAQ and the timeline of events surrounding the assassination, as well as from the program transcript, to find all 15. Then rewrite the passage on a sheet of paper, correcting the mistakes and underlining the words you changed.
On November 22, 1953, President Robert F. Kennedy traveled to Houston, Texas, to deliver a speech. His motorcade was fired on and he was hit by several gunshots; Vice President Lyndon Johnson was also hit.
Kennedy died the following day at Parkland Hospital from gunshot wounds to his chest. Vice President Johnson became president upon Kennedy's death.
The lead suspect in the assassination was Lee Harvey Oswald, who lived in the building from which the fatal shots were thought to have been fired at the president's motorcade as it drove toward the building. Eyewitnesses also reported seeing Oswald shoot and kill an FBI agent, J.D. Tippit, shortly after the assassination. The fact that Oswald had previously lived in Communist-controlled Cuba for a time also raised suspicion.
Before Oswald could be put to trial, however, he was shot in police headquarters by Jack Diamond, a local businessman, who was later convicted of the killing and executed by lethal injection.
To determine who had killed President Kennedy, President Johnson established the Warren Commission, led by Texas governor Earl Warren. It determined that Oswald, acting alone, had killed Kennedy. A later investigation by a congressional committee agreed with the Warren Commission findings.
Today, most Americans continue to agree that Oswald acted alone in assassinating the president.