Inauguration Resources


Breaking from tradition: While it’s hardly unprecedented for incoming presidents to attend a service the day of their inauguration, many have chosen to cross Lafayette Square to St. John’s Episcopal Church, often called the “Church of the Presidents” 

It’s hardly surprising, however, that Biden, who will be the second Catholic U.S. president, has chosen to prepare for his presidency at the seat of the archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the first African American cardinal.  

Google Slide Independent Student Work (Grades 4-8) –   Partnered with Epic

Presidential Inaugurations: I Do Solemnly Swear

  • Students in grades 3-5 discover how the Presidential Inauguration has changed over time and presents historical figures with archival materials.

The Inauguration of George Washington 

  • Students analyze George Washington’s diary entry for April 16, 1789, the day he left Mount Vernon for his inauguration in New York City. Grades 6-8

Inaugural Quiz

  • Test your knowledge of past presidential inaugurations with this 10-question online quiz. Grades 6-12

7 Ideas for Teaching About the Presidential Inauguration

  • Some teaching ideas for watching, discussing and analyzing the Presidential inauguration. Grades 6-12

“I Do Solemnly Swear…”

  • A special online Library of Congress presentation with more than forty photographs, manuscripts, campaign posters, letters, broadsides, and inaugural speeches representing eighteen presidents. Grades K-12

“I Do Solemnly Swear…” Presidential Inaugurations

  • This collection of 400 items at the Library of Congress includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music. These items are related to inaugurations from George Washington’s first in 1789 to Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. Grades K-12

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States

  • Find the complete text of all 56 presidential addresses from all 44 Presidents. Grades 9-12

Historical Inauguration Speeches – YouTube

  • Watch videos of 12 speeches from 1933 (FDR) to 2013 (Barack Obama). Grades 6-8

Inaugural Addresses: Comparing and Contrasting Inaugural Addresses 

  • Students compare the priorities, goals, and intentions in four inaugural addresses. Grades 6-8

Walt Whitman’s Account of President Lincoln’s Inauguration

  • Walt Whitman’s coverage of the 1864 presidential inauguration of Abraham Lincoln for The New York Times. His language is poetic rather than political.

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Resources from Education World:

Dear Mr. President

  • Students write letters to the new president, including goals they would like to see achieved in the new administration and good wishes to the president and his family. (Grade K-8)

Portrait of the President

  • Students use current photographs to create portraits of the new president. (Grade K-5)

Inauguration Firsts Trivia Hunt

  • Students find fascinating firsts and facts about past U.S. presidential inaugurations and answer questions about what they learn. (Grades 6-12)

Inaugural Weather in History

  • Students learn fascinating facts about weather conditions during past U.S. presidential inaugurations and complete a work sheet based on the information. (Grades 6-12)

Comparing Inaugural Addresses

  • Students compare and contrast inaugural addresses of past presidents of the United States. (Grades 6-12)

Inaugural Poetry

  • Students compare and contrast the poems that Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, and Miller Williams wrote and read at past inaugurations. (Grades 6-12)

Inaugural Pennant

  • Students study pennants designed for previous inaugurations and design souvenir pennants for the 2001 inauguration. (Grades 3-8)

‘I Do Solemnly Swear’

  • Students complete a vocabulary worksheet about the Oath of Office. (Grades 6-12)

Inauguration Interview

  • Students develop questions that a reporter might ask during an interview with the new president. (Grades K-12)

The Inauguration and the Media

  • Students track media coverage of the presidential inauguration in various types of media — television, print, and online. (Grades 6-12)

Inauguration Graph: How Old Were They?

  • Students graph the presidents’ ages at inauguration. Who was the youngest president? the oldest? (Grades K-8)

Inauguration Poetry | Education World Gr. 6-8

Liturgical Resouces for Inauguration | USCCB

The First Inauguration Worksheet | TeacherVision 

Inauguration Day Facts and Fun Activities | TeacherVision 

Teaching Tolerance | Tolerance.Org

What Happens on the Day Joe Biden is Sworn in | Yahoo

7 Ideas for Teaching about the Presidential Inauguration | ADL

Inauguration Day Fun Activities

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