EL Support Lesson

I Pledge Allegiance

Give your students an introduction to the trickiest vocabulary in the Pledge of Allegiance with this lesson. This can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to be used prior to the All About the Pledge of Allegiance lesson plan.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for theAll About the Pledge of AllegianceLesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for theAll About the Pledge of AllegianceLesson plan.
Academic

Students will be able to define key vocabulary used in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Language

Students will be able to use vocabulary from the Pledge of Allegiance in context with the help of sentence frames.

(2 minutes)
Pledge Vocabulary Context CluesPledge VocabularyVocabulary Cards: I Pledge AllegianceGlossary: I Pledge AllegianceGraphic Organizer Template: Frayer ModelTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives Reference
  • Explain to students that today they will learn some of the vocabulary used in the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Define NationAnd write it on the board. Ask students to think of examples, and write them on the board.
  • Have students turn to partners to discuss what they know about our nation.
(8 minutes)
  • Provide definitions (on board or projected) of all tiered vocabulary.
  • Model filling out the Frayer Model worksheet for the term nation. Have students turn and talk to each other before volunteering ideas.
  • Assign groups of 3–4 students one Frayer Model to complete together.
  • Have students use sentence stems and/or frames for support in their oral discussion.
  • Allow students to create and share aloud their own sentences with the new vocabulary words. For example: "The flag of ____Has ____And ____."
(8 minutes)
  • Distribute the Pledge Vocabulary Context Clues worksheet.
  • Read the directions to the students, and ask a volunteer to repeat the instructions back to you.
  • Review the example. Have students explain the context clues.
  • Have students work independently or in pairs to complete the rest of the worksheet.
(8 minutes)
  • Distribute the Pledge Vocabulary worksheet, read the directions to the students, and ask students to repeat the instructions back to the person sitting next to them.
  • Have students work in pairs to complete the rest of the worksheet.

BEGINNING

  • Beginner ELs may need sentence frames to discuss the Pledge Vocabulary Context Clues worksheet. For example: "I know ____Fits in this sentence because ____."

ADVANCED

  • Advanced ELs may work independently on the Pledge Vocabulary worksheet.
(2 minutes)
  • Assess students' understanding of the vocabulary by evaluating their accuracy with partner talk, worksheets, and participation throughout the class.
(2 minutes)
  • Instruct students to think about elements of a flag they are familiar with, then turn to a partner and do a think-pair-share. Ask volunteers to share with the class.

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