ERIC Number: ED346007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Living Together Constitutionally. An Elementary Education Citizenship Guide Based on the Pledge of Allegiance.
Schechter, Stephen L., Ed.; Gallagher, Arlene F., Ed.
The Pledge of Allegiance is the focus of this citizenship guide for elementary educators. The Pledge can be an important first step in citizenship education and civic values in a pluralistic and multicultural society. Understanding the Pledge can also help lay the foundation for future understanding of more complex documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Four themes of citizenship and values have been derived from the Pledge and around each theme concepts, skills, and activities have been organized. One chapter in the guide discusses works of children's literature that are helpful in teaching the themes of the Pledge of Allegiance, and suggests activities that incorporate the works of literature. The works and activities are divided into primary and intermediate levels, and within each theme two types of activities are presented: one drawing on existing literary works, the other fostering creative writing skills of students. Three participatory projects are included to help explore the themes: (1) a story/script called "The Right To Wear Purple: The Town That Needed Some Lawmakers; (2) a program called "Critical Choices Town Meetings; Elementary Style"; and (3) "Glenmont Cantata: Molly Helps the Homeless," a musical production written by a group of Glenmont Elementary School fourth and fifth graders in collaboration with a professional composer and college theatre director. The final chapter, "Foundations of Freedom," provides a variety of activities and resources for learning about the concept of liberty. (DB)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Learning Activities, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, United States History, Values Education
Council for Citizenship Education, Russell Sage College, Troy, NY 12180 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Albany.; Council for Citizenship Education, Troy, NY.
Identifiers: New York; Pledge of Allegiance