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Pledge of Allegiance

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Schoolchildren in America say this pledge every morning to start the school day. They put their hands on their hearts, look at the flag and say it all together.

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Assignment: Write down and translate the difficult words Why do you think American schools want their students to say this pledge? Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Why?

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Map of the U.S.

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These are the 50 states that make up the United States of America today.

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Assignment: Use this map as a reference to fill in the blank map I gave you in class. Write down the names of all fifty states correctly.

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Amendments to the Constitution

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Read only the sections titled "Amendments" and "Slavery."

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Assignment: After you read, answer the question in 1-2 paragraphs: why are the amendments to the Constitution so important? Use slavery as an example in your answer.

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Original Thirteen Colonies

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The red states were the first colonies created by the American settlers. When the Americans fought the Revolutionary War against the British, this was all of America. The purple shows what America is today.

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Assignment: Draw your own map of the thirteen colonies. It doesn't have to be perfect, but do try your best. Label each one.

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The Pilgrims

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This article is two pages long. It explains who the Pilgrims were, why they came to America, and how they celebrated the first Thanksgiving.

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Assignment: Write a short essay (2-3 paragraphs) explaining Thanksgiving. What happened between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans on the first Thanksgiving? How do Americans celebrate it today? (You can use Google if you need to.)

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American Flag

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This website explains the history and significance (meaning) of the American flag. Do not read the entire article, just use it to answer the questions.

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Assignment: What does the color blue symbolize on the flag? What does the color red symbolize? What does the color white symbolize? What do the thirteen stripes represent? What do the fifty stars represent?

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Three Branches of Government

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Assignment: Study this model of the U.S. government. Go into Google and search for the different branches. Find and write down: who is the President right now? The Vice President? Also, list one current member of each of these: the Senate, the House, the Cabinet, and the Supreme Court.

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The Constitution

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This website is designed for children, but it will also be useful for you. Some websites designed for high school students use complicated legal words to describe the Constitution; this website covers the basic important information.

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Assignment: Read "The Work Begins" and "Writing the Constitution" (one is short, one is long.) Write down the words or phrases that don't make sense to you. Be prepared to take the "Show What You Know" quizzes in class.

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The Revolutionary War

This website is not for kids, so the language is a bit harder; write down the words or phrases that confused you and we'll go over them in class. Read only the section titled "Overview."

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Assignment: What are three reasons why the American colonists started fighting the British? What are two things that contributed to the American victory?

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Jamestown: First English Colony in America

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This article is one page long. It explains how English people came to live in America, which before then, was only occupied by Native Americans (sometimes called Indians.)

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Assignment: Write down the names of important people mentioned in the article. We will discuss them in class.

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