Do your students recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day? Do many of them say the words, but not know what they mean? This activity includes a one page printable reading passage that explains the pledge's history from 1892. There is a one page printable with three versions of the pledge as it changed throughout history for students to read, examine and discuss with space for taking notes about observations in the pledge's modifications. There are small versions of the current pledge (4 per page) which are perfect for copying and cutting apart to paste or tape in notebooks. Also, there is a breakdown of the pledge line by line (student copy is blank and teacher copy has everything explained) and a printable glossary of terms. A vocabulary card game called Head of the Class helps students to make word relationships with synonyms and a retelling of the Pledge with emoji cards helps solidify vocabulary with pictures. Finally, there is a summative assessment where students use a word bank to write a summary of the pledge in their own words.
Make the pledge meaningful by breaking it apart and examining its history.