In 2012, we learned about candidates and issues, watched political conventions and debates, and cast votes for President. Now it’s time for the Inauguration!
GenerationNation provides a variety of hands-on activities to help students learn while watching, reading about, analyzing and discussing the Inauguration – all in a non-political, non-partisan way. Activities are tied to Common Core and NC Essential Standards for Social Studies.
- Reading, watching and analyzing Inaugural Addresses through history
- Analyzing the Oath of Office
- Writing a presidential speech
- Getting the message across
- Writing news headlines
- My Wish for America/My Community
- MLK Day
The President is sworn into office at 12:00 Noon on January 20th. This date and time is determined by the United States Constitution Amendment XX, which outlines the terms of presidential office. In 2013, the 20th is on a Sunday. So, the public festivities – Inauguration Day - will take place on Monday, January 21st.
On Inauguration Day, several events celebrate the peaceful transfer of power between Presidents and when Presidents begin their second terms.