Allegiance- the loyalty of a citizen to his or her government or of a subject to his or her sovereign.
Pledge-a solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something.
Honor- honesty, fairness, and integrity in one’s beliefs.
Liberty- freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.
Justice- the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness
Background Information The purpose of this lesson is to help students learn the Pledge of Allegiance. This lesson will also teach the students why we say it, who wrote it, what it means, and how other countries declare their freedom.
Preparing the Lesson Things to do before the lesson:
Preparing the Lesson Here is a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance to print out for each student.
Delivering the Lesson Activity: Students will learn how the Pledge of Allegiance is a promise to be loyal to the United States of America. Define Pledge a. 1. Pass out the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. 2. Read the Pledge of Allegiance to students. 3. Have them brainstorm what the meaning of the word pledge might be. 4. Discuss with students that a pledge is a promise. 5. Ask students: “When we say the Pledge of Allegiance, what are we promising?” 6. Help students understand that saying the Pledge of Allegiance is promising to be loyal to the United States of America.
Delivering the Lesson Practice the Pledge 1. Explain to students that when saying the Pledge of Allegiance, Americans place their right hands over their hearts as a sign of respect and loyalty. 2. Direct students to place their hands over their hearts, to look at the words, and to say the Pledge of Allegiance with you. 3. Have students practice saying the Pledge of Allegiance several times.
Delivering the Lesson Pledge Purpose 1. Tell students that they are going to write a class pledge. 2. Explain to students that their class pledge will focus on their being good classroom citizens.