Reading and discussing the Declaration of Independence frequently causes students to memorize this great American treasure. Concepts you think are too hard to teach your children shine through to them as you discuss the vocabulary and intent of our Founding Fathers as they wrote it.
My students have memorized and recited this creed written by William Tyler Page. It states the beautiful principles our country was built upon. I have my children recite it between the first and third verses of America the Beautiful with instrumentation playing or us humming the tune of America during the recitation. We've done the same with This is My Country. It's very powerful! Freedom, equality, justice, and humanity are on large signs that my children hold up when those words are spoken. This is a meaningful piece for any patriotic program, filled with rich vocabulary that will lead to excellent group discussion.
Filled with rich phrases capturing the beauty of sacrifice, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address inspires children of all ages. The sign language helps children remember the words and phrases of the piece, and helps express the depth of the meaning, too. My third and fourth graders and I have memorized it from year to year.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will always be one of the greatest men in American history. God's love exuded from him as he peacefully led his people to greater rights and honor.
This famous speech encapsulates the vision of the future he was fighting for. Children reciting this are literally living the dream they are quoting in this speech. Breath-taking truths told and lived by children.
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