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Giving Speeches: George Washington’s First and Second Inaugural Addresses
Mount Vernon's lesson plan on Washington’s inaugural addresses

“I Do Solemnly Swear...”: Presidential Inaugurations
From the Library of Congress

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States
Inaugural addresses from Washington 1789 - Obama 2009

Presidential Inaugurations: A Capitol Parade on a Cold Winter
Resources and lesson plans

Washington’s First Inaugural Address Podcast
Students present the address

White House History: Presidential Inaugurations
From The White House Historical Association


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Inaugural Visions: Presidents Washington to Obama

Webcast: January 18, 2013 · Uplink: January 22, 2013
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12

Video on Demand • Fairfax Network YouTube Channel

How do Americans measure leadership, vision, and policy to select the candidate they feel is best qualified to guide the nation? How has the process changed? Are the underlying principles of leadership consistent from the 18th to 21st centuries? How does the inauguration and inaugural address focus on our nation’s hope for the future?

Recorded live at Mount Vernon's Ammerman Student Leadership Program, we look at the presidential inaugurations from George Washington to Barack Obama.  Moderator Jennifer Nedeau, Director, Bully Pulpit Interactive; Peter Henriques, Associate Professor Emeritus George Mason University; and Dr. Stephen J. Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, University of Mary Washington lead students in discussions on presidential inaugurations and how the presidency defines our nation. [Panelists' Biographies]


The Media & The Presidency

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Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning

The student will demonstrate skills for historical and geographical analysis and responsible citizenship, including the ability to a) identify, analyze, and interpret primary and secondary source documents, records, and data, including artifacts, diaries, letters, photographs, journals, newspapers, historical accounts, and art, to increase understanding of events and life in the United States; b) evaluate the authenticity, authority, and credibility of sources

National Social Studies And History Standards

Era 3: Standard 2A
The student understands the issues involved in the creation and ratification of the United States Constitution and the new government it established. 

Historical Thinking Standards

Standard 1
The student thinks chronologically: Reconstruct patterns of historical succession and duration in which historical developments have unfolded, and apply them to explain historical continuity and change.

Standard 2
The student comprehends a variety of historical sources: Appreciate historical perspectives--the ability (a) describing the past on its own terms, through the eyes and experiences of those who were there, as revealed through their literature, diaries, letters, debates, arts, artifacts, and the like; (b) considering the historical context in which the event unfolded--the values, outlook, options, and contingencies of that time and place; and (c) avoiding "present-mindedness," judging the past solely in terms of present-day norms and values