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Inauguration Day Resources

Found In: social studies, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Activities & Resources

  1. Presidential Inaugurations: I Do Solemnly Swear
    Students in grades 3-5 discover how the Presidential Inauguration has changed over time and presents historical figures with archival materials.
  2. Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present
    This interactive presents the most-used words in each inaugural address. Highlighted words were used significantly more than average. Each entry links to the complete text. (4-12).
  3. The Inauguration of George Washington (6-8)
    Students analyze George Washington's diary entry for April 16, 1789, the day he left Mount Vernon for his inauguration in New York City.
  4. Inaugural Quiz
    Test your knowledge of past presidential inaugurations with this 10-question online quiz. Grades 6-12.
  5. “I Do Solemnly Swear…”
    A special online Library of Congress presentation with more than forty photographs, manuscripts, campaign posters, letters, broadsides, and inaugural speeches representing eighteen presidents. Grades K-12.
  6. “I Do Solemnly Swear...” Presidential Inaugurations
    This collection of 400 items at the Library of Congress includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music. These items are related to inaugurations from George Washington's first in 1789 to Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009. Grades K-12.
  7. Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States
    Find complete text of all 56 presidential addresses from all 44 Presidents. Grades 9-12.
  8. Historical Inauguration Speeches – YouTube
    Watch videos of ten speeches from 1933 (FDR) to 2017 (Donald Trump). Grades 9-12.
  9. Inaugural Addresses: Comparing and Contrasting Inaugural Addresses ( PDF, 229 KB, 2 pgs.)
    (9-12) Students compare the priorities, goals, and intentions in four inaugural addresses.


last updated: November 26, 2018


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