Paraphrasing to Understand the Pledge of Allegiance The Pledge of Allegiance is something we say every morning in school, but we don’t usually think about what we’re saying. It’s just something we were taught to say, and there are words and concepts in it that many of us don’t understand. It’s just empty words. Some History: The Pledge was written for the popular kid's magazine Youth's Companion by author and Baptist minister Francis Bellamy on September 7, 1892. The owners of Youth's Companion were selling flags to schools, and approached Bellamy to write the Pledge for their advertising campaign. It was marketed as a way to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus arriving in the Americas. Instructions: Our mission is to break down the pledge and put it into words that more specifically describe what we are pledging. Look up words you are unclear on; break down complex concepts disguised as simple words and explain those concepts in more specific language; write your new pledge in a way that sounds good to the audience you’ll be presenting to (and don’t forget a snazzy new title). You’re paraphrasing the entire pledge, but give special attention to the words in italics. Also, you can order the parts of your pledge like the original, or be creative in transforming it (as long as you get in all the sections). The Pledge of Allegiance I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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