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PBS Presidential Inauguration Resources
Every four years, the United States celebrates a peaceful transfer of power with a solemn oath of office on the steps of the Capitol, a big parade and a night of dancing and formal balls. For his second inauguration President Barack Obama has chosen a civil rights leader, a Cuban-American poet, Beyoncé and “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson to perform during the ceremony.
Lesson Plan: Inauguration Lesson Plan (Grades 7-12)
When it comes to inaugurals, the circumstances often outweigh the event. The weather is cold, the incoming presidents and their families all seem to have mastered the same genteel wave and the speeches are largely ceremonial. Here's a review of NewsHour's coverage of presidential inaugurations from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama.
Use our inauguration lesson plans to engage students in Monday's big event. There are worksheets to follow President Obama's speech, historical fun facts and a link to the NewsHour's LiveStream and other coverage.
APTPLUS Inauguration Resources
Examples of keywords to use while searching are listed below:
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20090112monday.html (prepared for the 2009 event but still good material)
Smithsonian's History Explorer (Grades K-12)
In honor of the second inauguration of President Obama, find selected resources on inaugurations and the presidency. Inauguration and the presidency resources include: Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media, Museum Artifacts, Themes, Books, Teacher Resources and Web Links.
Watch Every Presidential Inauguration Oath of Office Since Reagan's in 36 seconds
Created January 19, 2013