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    United States Pledge of Allegiance

    United States Pledge of Allegiance


    This resource is a Social Studies student activity that utilizes Utah's Online Library resources - specifically, Gale in Context Elementary - to help students learn about the United States Pledge of Allegiance. 

    About Utah’s Online Library

    Utah's Online Library provides Utah educators and students free access to high-quality reference collections.

    This activity was designed to help educators utilize this amazing resource in their classrooms.

    Note: Utah educators and students visiting Utah's Online Library from a school computer should be automatically authenticated. When at home, students must use the home access login that their teacher or school media specialist can provide. Utah educators can use either their my.uen login or the home access login.


    Essential Question: What is citizenship? How can the words and phrases in the Pledge of Allegiance help me be a better citizen? Why do we recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school? How is the Pledge of Allegiance a symbol of our nation? What is patriotism?

    Many students participate in the Pledge of Allegiance in their classrooms. Why do we stand when we say the Pledge of Allegiance? Why do we often put our hands over our hearts? Why do we usually look at the flag while reciting the pledge?

    Help your students understand key vocabulary elements of the pledge. What is a pledge? What is the meaning of allegiance? What does it mean to be indivisible?

    The pledge was written by Francis Bellamy and was first published in a magazine called The Youth's Companion in 1892. Over the years, a few words have been added to the pledge. In 1924, the words "my flag" were changed to "the flag of the United States of America". In 1954, the phrase "under God" was added.

    As your students are learning about the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance, the resources in Utah's Online School Library can broaden their understanding. Gale in Context Elemantary contains magazine articles with age-appropriate lexile levels as well as a collection of images related to the pledge.


    Curriculum Connections:

    Social Studies - Kindergarten
    Social Studies - 1st Grade
    Social Studies - 2nd Grade
    Social Studies - 3rd Grade