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I Pledge Allegiance..and Know What It Means

Lesson Overview

Overview: This lesson will allow students to look at the words they say every morning, The Pledge of Allegiance, and analyze the meaning behind it.
Grade Range: 3-5
Objective:

After completing this activity, students will be able to:

  • Recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Examine the words in small parts.
  • Compare the words of The Pledge to situations in their life.
  • Compare and contrast saying The Pledge.
  • Develop a prediction on why we say The Pledge of Allegiance every day.
Time Required: One class period of 40 minutes.
Discipline/Subject: Exploratory: Reading Workshop
Topic/Subject: Culture, Folklife and Literature
Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877, Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929 

 


Standards

Language Arts:  
  1.B.2a-Establish purposes for reading; survey materials; ask questions; make predictions; connect, clarify and extend ideas.
1.B.3b-Identify structure (e.g., description, compare/contrast, cause and effect, sequence) of nonfiction texts to improve comprehension.
1.C.2a-Use information to form and refine questions and predictions. 1
1.C.2b-Make and support inferences and form interpretations about main themes and topics.

 


Materials

 

Handouts: Pledge of Allegiance Strips (1 pack per group, print pages 3 & 4 of PDF).
Analysis Tools: Group W, B and O worksheets (print pages 5-7 of PDF).
Books: The Pledge of Allegiance by Norman Pearl
Library of Congress Items: Title of Source:The Pledge of allegiance to the flag, 8th Division
  Title of Source:Mrs. Claire Cumberbatch, of 1303 Dean St., leader of the Bedford Stuyvesant group protesting alleged "segregated" school, leads oath of allegiance.
  Title of Source:Three Thirds of the Nation. Members of the fifth grade, Chcremoya public school of Hollywood, pledge allegiance to the flag during the War Production Board's (WPB) presentation, Three Thirds of the Nation at Hollywood's Radio City on May 27
 Online Resource  Title:Pledge of Allegiance with Real Meaning-Red Skelton

 


Procedures

1. Teacher will post the three LOC pictures, The Pledge of allegiance to the flag, 8th DivisionMrs. Claire
Cumberbatch, of 1303 Dean St., leader of the Bedford Stuyvesant group protesting alleged "segregated"
school, leads oath of allegiance
 
and Three Thirds of the Nation. Members of the fifth grade, Chcremoya
public school of Hollywood, pledge allegiance to the flag during the War Production Board's presentation
 on
the board.
2. Students will make a prediction as to what the students are doing in the picture.
3. The teacher will play "The Pledge of Allegiance with Real Meaning" YouTube video for the students.
4. Students will be given Pledge of Allegiance Strips.
5. Students will be given about 10-15 minutes to match up the blue strips (The Pledge of Allegiance) to the red strips (the meaning).
6. The teacher will go over the answers with the groups.
7. Students will be separated into groups (Group W, B and O) based on their AR/Map levels.
8. Students will complete their analysis tools.
9. The teacher will go back to the three LOC pictures of the students on the board and ask the students why they would be standing tall, holding their hand over their heart, and looking at the flag. Why are these words so important that we need to say them each day? Do we always stand proud like the students in the picture? Why should we? What body language do you see in the picture that is different from now.

 


Evaluation

The teacher will evaluate the students learning by reflecting on discussion at the end of the unit. Also, the teacher will evaluate the students by their analysis tool.


Extension

After lesson is taught once, the teacher will reflect on what went well and what did not go so well. After that, the teacher will create other lessons based around the quote "A few words changed lives, how will yours?" and students will be working in centers in order to complete their own words.


Author Credits:
C. Moran
William B. Orenic Intermediate School