Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Good online resources for teaching about the inauguration

Here is a compilation of some of the most talked-about resources available online for teachers on the upcoming Presidential Inauguration.
  • The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have prepared several lesson plans.
  • National Geographic has an article and slideshow about the history inaugurations.
  • EL Civics has a lesson on Presidential Inaugurations.
  • The Washington Post’s Inauguration Central has multimedia resources on just about every aspect of this upcoming inauguration and the ones that came previously.
  • The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies also has a number of resources. One feature is on the theme of this year’s inauguration — A New Birth of Freedom.
  • Another is an explanation of Inauguration Day Events.
  • The Presidential Inaugural Committee has materials, including a slideshow on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible, on which President-Elect Obama will be sworn-in.
  • The city of Washington, D.C. has a gallery of photos from past inauguration day parades.
  • The Washington Post has a slideshow on the History of Inaugural Balls.
  • The McClatchy Newspapers have two interactives — one is a game about famous lines from previous inaugurations and the other is a simple virtual tour of the White House. They also have some other resources on the same page.
  • Here’s a slideshow on Yahoo detailing the preparations being done for the inauguration.
  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper website has an interactive feature that provides images and and short descriptions of each presidential inauguration since Washington’s time. Plus, they have a map of the parade route with images.
  • Inaugurals Of The Past is the title of a slideshow from the McClatchy Newspapers.
  • The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle has a page on the upcoming inauguration.It includes some interactive graphics.
  • A slideshow from The New York Times on the Inauguration Rehearsal.
  • Inauguration Practice is a slideshow from The Washington Post.
  • The New York Times also has an online video called Inaugurations In Times Of Peril.
  • Preparation For The Inauguration is a series of photos and simple captions from the Sacramento Bee.
  • These are from The Washington Post: A Photo/Video Collage called The Preparers and focused on preparing for the event, and a neat Panorama of the event’s stage.
  • An Inaugural Timeline is an interactive from the Associated Press.
  • Washington Preps For The Inauguration is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.
  • Top Inaugural Speeches is an interactive with short highlights from past key inauguration speeches.
  • I Do Solemnly Swear… is an interactive from The Wall Street Journal that highlights biblical passages each president used in their inauguration, along with showing images.
  • Capitol Crowds is a slideshow from the Wall Street Journal about the large crowd the inauguration is anticipating to draw, and similar large events that have occurred in the past at the Capitol.
  • A Peek At The Official 2009 Inaugural Ball Sites is a slideshow from the L.A. Times.

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