Homeschool lesson for Inauguration Day

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Today is a great day to learn about how the United States brings a president into the oval office. The election happened months ago, and we've seen a lot of activity from the president-elect and from the outgoing president. President-elect Obama has been getting ready for office, while President Bush has been tying up loose ends.

What are we going to see today? A great way to get ourselves ready for the coverage we'll see on television (or the web) today is by studying some of the topics we know will be mentioned. You'll hear a lot of reporters and pundits mentioning three of our previous presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy. Take a moment to brush up on these three presidents so that you can make your own decisions about the comparisons they make.

The ceremony you'll see today, the inauguration, is when our president takes the oath of office. Take a look at the oath of office that every president has taken since George Washington's inauguration in 1789. Look at where the oath was taken, and who administered it. The oath hasn't changed, but other things have!

A president's inauguration is an event our country has celebrated for centuries. Take a little time to think about the many inaugurations that have come before. What has changed since our first inauguration? What will be the same for the ceremony we'll see today, the 56th inauguration in our country's history?

There's one part of the inaugural proceedings that may be the most anticipated, the inaugural speech. These are the new president's first words to the nation, and can be a sign of what we can expect. Here's an interactive tool that will take you through every inauguration speech given. Use the slider at the top of the page to find the presidents you're most interested in. Around here, we really like Thomas Jefferson's first speech, but you may also want to take a look at Franklin D. Roosevelt's and John F. Kennedy's in preparation for today's speech.

You're ready! Watch and learn as we swear in Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.

Have a great inauguration day!


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