Moderator Jennifer Nedeau, Director, Bully Pulpit Interactive; Peter Henriques, Associate Professor Emeritus George Mason University; and Dr. Stephen J. Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, University of Mary Washington lead students in discussions on how Americans choose leaders.
A Reader’s Theater is an oral exercise that allows students focus on expression, the words and physicality of acting. The goals of George Washington’s First Inauguration Reader’s Theater include an understanding of the process of Inauguration; comprehension of a primary document; ability to read a primary document; an understanding of difference in vocabulary in the 18th century; and an understanding of specific vocabulary words. The intended audience is Grades 4-5, however this lesson can be adjusted for multiple grades.
Hear the complete version of Washington’s First Inaugural Address performed by three students from Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA. Share with your class and try recording your students reading Washington’s First Inaugural Address. If your class performs the Address, we would love to see your version to align with ELA allow students to read Washington's Inaugural Address in their own words or write and deliver their vision for the United States. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We created a Prezi Presentation for classroom use! The presentation Presidential Inaugurations: Washington and Obama is available for all teachers to use in educating their students about the Inauguration. It is a fun way to show students how the Inauguration Ceremony has evolved since the first in 1789.