Inauguration Resources

The upcoming presidential inauguration offers schools and students an apt occasion to reflect on citizenship, the presidency, the nation's past, and our collective future. We’ve put together some resources to help educators and parents take advantage of this historic moment. We'll be posting more information every day, so check back often!

General Inauguration Information

National Day of Community Service
  • National Day of Service
    Once again, we celebrate a National Day of Community Service on Martin Luther King Day (January 16). Find or register an event on this site.
Classroom Resources

Inauguration Lesson Plans
  • Presidential Inauguration Resources, the American Federation of Teachers "Share My Lesson"
    View resources created by teachers for teachers to address the presidential inauguration.
     
  • Inauguration Day Resources, the National Education Association (NEA)
    NEA has collected 10 activities and resources to help children learn about the inauguration.
  • Your Government, Your Voice! Lesson for Grades 5-8, Scholastic
    This lesson guides an age-approporiate discussion on the presidential inauguration and includes ideas and worksheets for follow-up activities.
  • Your Government, Your Voice! Lesson for Grades 3-4, Scholastic
    This lesson guides an age-approporiate discussion on the presidential inauguration and includes ideas and worksheets for follow-up activities.
  • Your Government, Your Voice! Lesson for Grades 1-2, Scholastic
    This lesson guides an age-approporiate discussion on the presidential inauguration and includes ideas and worksheets for follow-up activities.
  • Inaugural Prayers in History, Teaching Tolerance
    In this lesson, aimed at students in grades 9-12, participants will analyze demographic information about the clergymen who prayed at inaugurations since 1937, look for trends in those choices, and formulate possible reasons for those trends.
     
  • 7 Ideas for Teaching about the Presidential Inauguration
    The Anti-Defamation League offers lesson plans targeted at middle and high school students and aligned to the Common Core.
  • The Inauguration and the Media, PBS' NewsHour Extra
    Students will read, review, and write about the presidential inauguration as it appears in the media.
  • I Do Solemnly Swear: Presidential Inaugurations, The National Endowment for the Humanities
    Students reflect on what the Presidential Inauguration has become and what it has been, while they meet a host of memorable historical figures and uncover a sense of America's past.
  • Hail to the Chief: Inauguration Lessons, Education World
    Ten lessons to help students learn about and commemorate the upcoming Inauguration. These lessons include activities in which students write letters to the President and create presidential portraits.
  • Inaugural Resources, C-SPAN Classroom
    View lesson plans, bell ringers and video clips for use in the classroom.
  • Letters to the Next President 2.0
    Letters to the Next President 2.0 (L2P 2.0) is an initiative that empowers young people (13-18) to voice their opinions and ideas on the issues that matter to them. It is a project built by teachers for teachers and students that engages a range of partners interested in supporting youth civic participation.
     
  • 6 words to Inspire a Nation. Give speechwriting a try with this challenge to inspire America in six words. Sponsored by Smith Magazine and the National Constitution Center.

From the 2008 archives:

Harvard Scholar Meira Levinson warns of a "civic achievement gap" and discusses what schools can do to close it.