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Freedom of Speech and Automatic Language: Examining the Pledge of Allegiance
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Dictionaries for teams of students
- History of The Pledge of Allegiance (a text from your library or suggested Websites)
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.
- Examining the U.S. Pledge
- Looking at Other People's Pledges
- Free Speech and Pledge
- Writing Your Own Pledge
- Pledge of Allegiance Rubric
- History: The Pledge of Allegiance
- Wikipedia: Pledge of Allegiance
- American Legion Flag Code
- The First Amendment (Bill of Rights Transcript)
- Pledge of Allegiance (explained by Red Skelton)
- Oath of Allegiance (Ireland)
- Oath of Allegiance (Canada)
- U.S. Army: Oaths of Enlistment and Oaths of Office
- Student Pledge Against Gun Violence - older students
- Student Pledge Against Gun Violence - younger students
- Student Pledge Against Gun Violence - Spanish translation
- International Webmasters Association: Pro-Ethics Pledge
- Boulder Pledge
- Students should have read all or most of a novel that features free speech issues (e.g., Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli).
- Make copies or overhead transparencies of the handouts for the lesson: Examining the U.S. Pledge, Looking at Other People's Pledges, Free Speech and the Pledge background information, Writing Your Own Pledge, and Pledge of Allegiance Rubric.
- If desired, make copies of the history of The Pledge of Allegiance explained in the FOX news article, the Wikipedia entry, the American Legion Flag Code, or a text from your library. Alternatively, students can read the text online or in small groups.
- Test the ReadWriteThink Printing Press on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.