Lesson Plan - Get It!
- What do you think the kids in this picture are doing?
Image by Dorothea Lange from the LOC, via Ping News on Flickr, is in the public domain.
If you guessed the Pledge of Allegiance, then you are correct.
- Have you ever said the Pledge of Allegiance?
The Pledge of Allegiance is a national symbol for the United States of America, which means that the Pledge of Allegiance represents the ideas of the people who live in the United States. It was written in 1892 for children to recite. That means young people, just like you, have been saying the Pledge of Allegiance for more than 120 years.
You can read over the Pledge of Allegiance, or repeat it after your teacher or parent:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the republic for which it stands
one nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.
There are a lot of big words in the Pledge. Here are a few videos that will help you understand the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance and why it was created.
The Meaning of the Words in the Pledge of Allegiance
Listen carefully to the definition of the words you didn't know when you recited the pledge. After watching the video, tell your teacher or parent the meaning of two new words you learned from the Pledge of Allegiance.
I Pledge Allegiance:
The Meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance
- What did you notice about the kids in the video when they were saying the Pledge of Allegiance?
- Were they sitting or standing?
- Where were their hands placed?
- Were they focused?
The Pledge is said with reverence because it is meant to be taken seriously and to serve as a remember of our privileges and freedoms as citizens of the United States of America.
The Pledge of Allegiance:
The History of the Pledge of Allegiance
Talk to your teacher or parent about how the Pledge of Allegiance has changed over the years.
Pledge of Allegiance: Watch a cartoon for kids on the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: