Lesson Plans Take Inauguration to the Classroom

Organizations work with PIC to offer kids enlightenment

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graduationeducationMillions of people are traveling to Washington D.C. to witness history as President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. At the same time, teachers across the country will have the unique honor of teaching the experience as it happens. Besides letting students watch the event live, the Internet is overflowing with extensive lesson plans for teachers to supplement their curriculum.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee along with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association (NEA) has developed a series of activities and lesson plans to help students understand the significance of the event.

The PIC lesson recommendations include details about the inaugural events and history, an assessment of Obama’s first 100 days in office, a reading list for elementary, middle and high school students, and a comparison of Obama with Illinois’ most popular president, Abraham Lincoln.

The PIC is not the only organization that is jumping on this learning opportunity. Lesson plans compiled by Thinkfinity.org feature stories about the kids who lived in the White House. It also puts students in the driving seat by giving them an opportunity to suggest policies that the president should support, providing interactive online exhibits about the presidency and democracy, and even getting the kids thinking about science-related initiatives.

The National Endowment for the Humanities also provides inaugural activities including one called “Sometimes It’s Okay to Swear.” The lesson explains the responsibilities of taking an oath. Other lessons instruct teachers on how to expand inaugural lessons beyond the big day.

What may be missing from the many of these sites are lesson plans identifying the relevancy of Obama as the first African American president or that it coincides with the day observing the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hollister Kids, a Wynnewood, Pennsylvania-based publisher of educational materials, has filled that void. For the Inauguration they’ve created a 16-page package filled with current events about the presidential campaign and black history facts.

“This 16-page package includes a teaching essay on the election of Obama, an essay on how contemporary events connect with the lessons of Black History from the past and profiles of newsmakers that demonstrate the Obama election did not happen in isolation but in the context of achievements by African Americans in other fields,” explains a company press release.


The 16-page “Living Black History” packet referenced in the article above was first offered for the Inauguration and is now offered for Black History Month. These materials may be ordered through the Hollister Kids Web site at www.hollisterkids.com or by emailing contactus@hollisterkids.com.

  • Mary Tafi

    I would like lesson plans to use tomorrow. Are they online?

    • @Mary Tafi, Please send me these lesson plans. Thank you, Dan Thomas

    • v. uyesugi

      @Mary Tafi,

  • C. Clemens

    @Mary Tafi,

  • Candy Douglas

    I would love this 16 page document to use in place of my own lesson plans tomorrow. They sound great! Where can I get these?

  • cladewig

    Please send to me this document so that I may make more powerful the history lesson that takes place tomorrow at 12:00.
    thank you
    Christine Ladewig

  • ed coloracci

    Where do we get the lesson plans for this? Could you email me them. I need this ASAP. Thank you.

  • BMoss

    I would like a copy of the 16 page document. Where could I get it? Please send it for tomorrow.


  • Hutchison

    I’d love access to these plans. How do I get them?

  • Constance Jones

    I would like to access these for my 9th grade English class. How do I access this?

    Thank you.

  • Gloria Smith

    How do I get this? It sounds great!

  • Karinda Shanes

    Sounds Great! How can I receive this lesson plan to spread the knowledge?

  • Sue L.

    I would love to have access to these lesson plans. Where could I find them?

  • K.L

    I found the lesson “Sometimes It’s Okay to Swear”

  • Jessica Naquiun

    I am interested in seeing these plans. Is there a link?

  • Amanda

    @Mary Tafi,

    I would love the 16 page lesson plan….

  • Rosina

    I would also love the 16 page lesson plan…Please and Thank you!

  • Kertrina

    I would love to use this for my 9th & 10th grade English class on tomorrow. Where can I get them ASAP? Thanks

  • Heidi

    I would love to share these lessons with my middle school students. Could I also have access to them?
    Thank you…

  • kelli

    Please send me these lessons! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Dana

    I would still love a copy of these please.

  • Tawauna

    Would love a copy of these lessons. Thank you in advance!