One Today

Inaugural Grand March

Overview

Students analyze primary sources from presidential inaugurations of the past to deepen their understanding of presidential inaugurations, then read and listen to the inaugural poem, One Today, that Richard Blanco wrote and delivered at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013. After, students consider their  to hopes and dreams for the United States and create a poem to deliver at the next presidential inauguration.

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Grade

High School, Middle School

Subjects

Civics, English Language Arts

Length

40-60 minutes

Topics

Barack Obama, occasion poems, poem, poetry, presidential inaugurations, Richard Blanco

Author

Academy of American Poets

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