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					Socratic Seminar
Practice Session
    Mr. Harveson
  Communication Arts
What are these school kids doing?
                  The Pledge’s History
   1892 – 1st appeared in the magazine The Youth’s Companion as a part of a national
   commemoration of the four-hundredth anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s
   voyage. It was adopted for use in patriotic exercises in school.
   1924 – The words “the flag of the United States of America” were substituted for
   “my Flag.”
   1942 – The U.S. government officially recognized the pledge.
   1954 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower persuaded Congress to add the phrase
   “under God” to the pledge.
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                         The Pledge of Allegiance – 1892
   “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one nation
                       indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

                         The Pledge of Allegiance – 1995
“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.”
   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.
            Coaching Questions
1. Define the eight key (underlined) words.
2. Rank Top Three Important (meaningful to you, to your
family, to our society) Words.
3.What does taking the pledge say about your relationship to
government?
4.Is pledging allegiance a responsibility of citizenship?
5. Should “under God” remain in the Pledge of
Allegiance? What did the Supreme Court recently decide? Is
the Supreme Court always right in their decisions?
6. Has our nation lived up to its pledge of liberty and justice
for all?

				
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