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Inauguration Day 2021: the 59th Presidential Inauguration


Inauguration Day marks the peaceful transfer of power from the newly elected President of the United states and the previous President. Discovery Education has compiled useful resources and an activity Channel for this historical event. All students and teachers have access to Discovery Education on their Launchpad. Make sure you are logged in to access these resources: A Virtual Field Trip: “I Do Solemnly Swear” 

Inaugural Channel (this Channel can be adjusted by grade bands K-5, 6-8 or 9-12).

Possible guiding questions for the young person:

For more than 230 years, Inauguration Day has been an important celebration for our democracy. However, this is not the first time there has been turmoil following an election. The district subscribes to Newsela; make sure you and your scholars are logged into Newsela to access: The U.S. has Survived Contested Elections Before This opinion article was written in October, but provides some background history on several other contested elections and outcomes in our history.

Due to the Covid19 pandemic the inaugural events and additional programming will be shared virtually and live-streamed. Inaugural activities are planned to begin at approximately 9am tomorrow morning and will be viewable on all major news stations as well as on Youtube. As another option for those interested, there is a pre-inaugural children’s program viewable on Youtube: Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans.

If scholars are curious about conflicting stories of the 2020 Election and the 2021 Inaugural Ceremony, there are robust tools to use with them in the Discovery Channels (also adjustable by grade band). The channel linked here is not a “one and done” activity, but rather vetted materials and strategies for teaching media literacy and critical thinking. Again, ensure that you and your scholars are logged into Discovery Education for access: Common Sense Education: News & Media Literacy

 

Additional resources have been provided by Ulster BOCES and can be found here. 

Inauguration Resources

Specific for 2021

2021 Inauguration Choice Board, College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Inauguration Day Activities, Discovery Education, January 2021

Lesson Plan: Write Your Own Presidential Inauguration Speech, PBS Newshour, January 15, 2021

Lesson Plan: 2021 Joe Biden Inauguration Viewing Guides, C-Span Classroom, December 22, 2020

Inauguration Day Activities, NEA, December 18, 2020

President Trump’s Refusal to Concede the Election: A Lesson Plan on the Peaceful Transfer of Power in a Democracy, NY Times, November 17, 2020

What We Know About Biden’s Inauguration Plans, Vox, January 18, 2021

Viewer’s Guide to Biden’s Inauguration Day: Everything You Need to Know, NBC News, January 19, 2021

5 Presidential Inauguration Activities for Students, Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, January 11, 2021

General 

Inauguration Day, Britannica Kids (Text can be levelled by selecting button for “kids” or “students”)

Teaching the Inauguration, Teaching Tolerance, January 11, 2017

Inaugurations: Stepping into History, Library of Congress

‘Nothing less than a miracle’: The Constitution and the peaceful transition of power, Constitution Daily, October 21, 2016

Peaceful Transfer of Power: Lesson Plan, Academy 4SC

Presidential Inauguration | Social Studies Shorts, PBS Learning Media

Inaugural Addresses, The American Presidency Project

Inauguration Primary Sources, National Archives

10 Inaugural Moments That Mattered, CNN, January 21, 2013

What to Know About Every Inauguration in American History, Time, January 19, 2017

 

 


ATTENTION: Are your scholars or colleagues doing something great? Please contact the district Communications Strategist, Cassie Sklarz (csklarz@necsd.net). We’d love to visit your class or event and/or post your pictures and recap to highlight the amazing accomplishments throughout our district!







Date: 2021-01-20 21:42:05





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