Idea: Recite the Preamble with Your Pledge of Allegiance

My class recites part of the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence after the Pledge of Allegiance each morning. It inspires pride in our country.  It also shows us that our government (and class rules) are designed to secure our unalienable rights.

Memorizing the Preamble also shows us that we can learn big words and understand important ideas that shape our system of government.  Pretty special for a third grader!

I create a sheet to help my students memorize.  In addition to the straightforward excerpt from the preamble, I give a line-by-line breakdown that makes it easy to memorize.  (Plus, I’m teaching a memorization technique: organize the information to make it your own.)

Below is the text from my memorization sheet.  Here, I use a normal size font.  For my kids, I use font size 16.  When the type is big, the task seems easier.  Try it!

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

Step by step:

We hold these truths to be self-evident,

that all men are created equal,

that they are endowed by their Creator with certain  unalienable Rights,

that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of  Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted  among Men,

deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

My students memorize this excerpt from the preamble quite easily during the first week of school.  This sets a great precedent for the entire school year!


 

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