The Topic:
Patriotism

Easier - Patriotism is a love of and loyalty to one's country. A patriot is someone who loves, supports, and is prepared to serve their country.
 
Harder - The word patriotism comes from a Greek word meaning fatherland. For most of history, love of fatherland or homeland was an attachment to the physical features of the land. But that notion changed in the eighteenth century, when the ideals of democracy, socialism, and communism strongly emerged into political thought. Patriotism was still a love of one's country that included connections to the land and people, but then also included its customs and traditions, pride in its history, and devotion to its welfare.
 
Today most people agree that patriotism also involves service to their country, but many disagree on how to best perform such service. Some believe that the national government speaks for a country; therefore, all its citizens should actively support government policies and actions. Others argue that a true patriot speaks out when convinced that their country is following an unwise or unjust action.
 
You'll find that most of our links focus on patriotism in the United States, but we've also tried to identify key websites related to other countries including Canada. Let us know if you have other links that should be considered.
 
Declaration of Independence from the National Archives and Records Administration
http://www.nara.gov/exhall/charters/declaration/decmain.html
Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of
Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most
enduring monument.
Other Related Websites:
2) Declaration of Independence from Surfing the Net with Kids
http://www.surfnetkids.com/declaration.htm
3) Declaration of Independence http://www.really-fine.com/history.html
4) Declaration of Independence http://www.law.emory.edu/FEDERAL/independ/declar.html
5) Declaration of Independence from The History Channel
http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/declaration/main.html
6) Declaration of Independence from the Independence Hall Association
http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/
7) Declaration of Independence: A History http://www.wae.com/freedom/dechist.html
8) Declaration of Independence: Right to Institute New Government from Library of
Congress http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/jefferson/jeffdec.html
9) Virginia Declaration of Rights from the National Archives and Records Administration http://www.nara.gov/exhall/charters/billrights/virginia.html
 
Flag of the United States of America
http://www.usflag.org
This site tells of the evolution and history of the flag, its symbolism, the flag code, and much, much more.
Other Related Websites for the American Flag:
2) American Flag http://userpages.aug.com/haywire/flag.html
3) Betsy Ross Homepage http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/index.html
4) Facts About the United States Flag from The Smithsonian Institution
http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmah/flag.htm
5) Flag of the United States http://www.usflag.org/toc.html
6) Star-spangled Banner from The Smithsonian Institution
http://americanhistory.si.edu/ssb/
7) Star-spangled Manners http://chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/allhands/ah0697/jun-pg18.html
8) United States of America http://www.fotw.stm.it/flags/us.html
 
National Anthems, Flags and Facts
http://www.imagesoft.net/flags/flags.html
Here you can listen to national anthems and view flags of many countries around the world.
Related Websites:
2) Flag Facts http://www.govspot.com/features/flags.htm
3) Show Your Patriotism from PC Teach IT http://www.pcteachit.com/patriotism/
 
Sir Wilfred Laurier's Speed to the Canadian Club of Ottawa
http://www.canadianclub.ca/Laurier.htm
Sir Wilfrid Laurier's famous speech on Canadian patriotism was delivered January 18, 1904 at the first annual banquet of The Canadian Club of Ottawa.
Related Canadian Patriotism Websites:
2) Canada Day Resources http://www1.sympatico.ca/Contents/Travel/summer2001/canadaday.html
3) Canada Day 96 http://www.southam.com/nmc/ohcanada/index.html
4) Canadian Federation http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/2/18/index-e.html
5) The Middle ... O Canada http://oakwoodvoices.tripod.com/themiddle2.htm
6) Oh Canada http://www.southam.com/nmc/ohcanada/news/frank95.html
7) Pearson Education Canada/Civics 10 http://www.pearsoned.ca/civics/wlinks.html
8) What is a Canadian http://www.pollara.ca/new/LIBRARY/surveys/dec24.htm
 
 
After visiting several of the websites for patriotism, complete one or more of these activities.
 
Complete an Internet Treasure Hunt on Patriotism. Follow the directions found at Pursuit of
Patriotism by C. Shulof.
 
Make A Suncatchers American Flag. Follow the directions found at Suncatchers - US Flag from
Kids Domain to make a bead-crafted flag emblem.
 
Complete A Patriotic WebQuest. Follow or adapt the procedures found at one of the following webQuest sites:
Celebrating America's Birthday (Grades 3-5) by P.G. Brasher
http://www.netease.net/des/July4/July4.htm
Four Freedoms WebQuest (Grades 4-10) by M. Newman
http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/parkspringsele/Media%20Center%20Web%20Pages/webquest
s/The%20Four%20Freedoms%20WebQuest/#Top%20of%20Page
Independence Day! (Grade 3) by J. Williamson http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/indepday/
Patriotic Symbols by C.J. Chamberlain http://www.electricteacher.com/webquest/
Patriotic Symbols, Landmarks, & Practices by B. Murphy & P. Rice
http://www.pavenet.org/FTP/Users/all_share/Cohort1/5319Project/murphy_rice_webquest/Pa
trioticSymbolsLandmarksPractices.htm
Patriotic Themes in Country Music (Grades 5-8) by P. Petty
http://www.pampetty.com/countrymusic.htm
Proud to be American http://www.ri.net/schools/smscranston/computer/USPride/USPride.html
Why Does Our Flag Look the Way It Does? (Grade 1) by M. Amory
http://www.geocities.com/amorymr/WebQuest.htm
 
Write To A Military Serviceman. American Family Radio, in conjunction with its parent
organization American Family Association, is sponsoring a "Dear American Soldier" letter writing
campaign. You can learn how to write either a traditional letter or an email at the website: Dear
American Soldier.
 
Debate Patriotism and the Bill of Rights. The online articles below can provide additional
information and opinions about the Bill of Rights. Should personal freedoms insured by the Bill of
Rights be relaxed in favor of increased government safeguards for security? You decide what is most
important and why.
1) Bill of Rights from the National Archives and Records Administration
http://www.nara.gov/exhall/charters/billrights/billmain.html
2) Bill of Rights from the National Constitution Center
http://www.constitutioncenter.org/sections/history/1b1.asp
3) Bill of Rights http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/1776-1800/constitution/amends.htm
4) Bill of Rights: A Brief History from American Civil Liberties Union
http://www.aclu.org/library/pbp9.html
5) Bill of Rights Issues at About.com http://law.about.com/cs/billofrights/
6) History of the Bill of Rights from Massachussetts American Civil Liberties Union
http://www.aclu-mass.org/issuebriefs/histbillrgts.html
7) James Madison Proposes the Bill of Rights to the House of Representatives
http://www.jmu.edu/madison/madprobll.htm
8) Miseducating the Young on Freedom: The Patriotism Enforcers by N. Hentoff at the Village
Voice http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0201/hentoff.php
 
What Is the Best Form of Patriot? Patriotism and what it means to be a patriot have varied with
geographic location and historic times. Analyze the personal characteristics that you think are
necessary to be a good patriot in today's world. You may find some thought-provoking and
sometimes opposing ideas from articles like the following:
1) Americans Are World's Most Patriotic People from University of Chicago
http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/98/980630.patriotism.shtml
2) Flag Fever: the Paradox of Patriotism by B. Hardin from The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/featured_articles/20011001monday.html
3) In Dire Need of a Patriotism of Dissent by L.J. Averill from October 3, 2001 Chicago Tribune http://www.commondreams.org/views01/1003-03.htm
4) Lesson In Patriotism by M. Freund, September 21, 2001 Jerusalem Post
http://www.livingontulsatime.com/wtc/lesson.html
5) Miseducating the Young on Freedom: The Patriotism Enforcers by N. Hentoff from The
Village Voice http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0201/hentoff.php
6) Patriotism by J. Alter from Newsweek http://www.msnbc.com/news/634434.asp?cp1=1
7) Patriotism & Censorship by Peter Hart and Seth Ackerman from November/December
2001 Extra http://www.fair.org/extra/0111/patriotism-and-censorship.html
8) Patriotism, a Menace to Liberty by E. Goldman, 1911 http://www.connix.com/~harry/emma.htm
9) Patriotism or Nationalism? by J. Sobran http://www.sobran.com/columns/011016.shtml
10) Thinking Through Patriotism from the November 20, 2001 Christian Science Monitor
http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1120/p11s1-leca.html
 
Compare and Contrast Nationalism and Patriotism. Identify the similarities and differences
between nationalism and patriotism. Put your findings into a chart or graph using software like
Inspiration, Illustrator, or other graphic software package.
 
Take a Different View. What is it like to be a partriot in a different country from your own? Take the perspective of a person living in another country. Would you consider the citizens of this country patriotic? Why or why not? How do they show their patriotism?
 
More Patriotic Websites 
Constitution of the United States from the National Archives and Records Administration
http://www.nara.gov/exhall/charters/constitution/conmain.html
Here you find an online copy of this historic U.S. document and more.
Related Website:
2) A More Perfect Union: The Creation of the U.S. Constitution from the National
Archives and Records Administration
http://www.nara.gov/exhall/charters/constitution/conhist.html
3) Constitution of the United States http://www.law.emory.edu/FEDERAL/usconst.html
4) Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention from the National
Archives and Records Administration
http://www.nara.gov/exhall/charters/constitution/confath.html
 
Patrick Henry: Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death
http://libertyonline.hypermall.com/henry-liberty.html
Here is the famous speech made inside the Henrico Parish Church (Today known as St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church) on East Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia, Thursday, 23 March 1775.
Related Websites:
2) Patrick Henry http://darter.ocps.k12.fl.us/classroom/revolution/henry.htm
3) Patrick Henry http://www.history.org/Almanack/people/bios/biohen.htm
4) Patrick Henry http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/related/henry.htm
5) Patrick Henry - Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death from Yale Law School
http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/patrick.htm
6) Patrick Henry Writings and Biography http://www.lexrex.com/bios/phenry.htm
 
Patriotism from The National Flag Foundation
http://66.199.128.240/us-docs/patriotism-page.htm
This site has lots of information about the flag and its display plus some of the early
American documents and more.
Related Websites:
2) Archiving Early America http://www.earlyamerica.com/freedom/index.html
3) Scanned Originals of Early American Documents
http://www.law.emory.edu/FEDERAL/conpict.html#const
 
President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
http://www.insiders.com/civil/t06sb1.htm
President Lincoln followed Edward Everett's two hour address from the podium. “Four-score and seven years ago,” Lincoln began his now-famous speech. He spoke just two minutes and uttered a mere 272 words. He considered the talk a failure.
Related Websites:
2) Gettysburg Address from the Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/gadd/
3) Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/gettysburg.htm
 
Thomas Paine Library from Liberty Online
http://libertyonline.hypermall.com/Paine/Default.htm
Thomas Paine was an author and revolutionary activist who took part in three revolutions. John Adams said: "Without the pen of Paine, the sword of Washington would have been wielded in vain." Paine's impact on philosophy and politics helped mold the age of democratic revolutions and reverberates down to this day.
Related Websites:
2) Biography of Thomas Paine (1737-1809) http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/B/tpaine/paine.htm
3) Paine, Thomas: Common Sense http://www.bartleby.com/133/
4) Remains of Thomas Paine from PBS Liberty
http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/chronicle/paine.html
5) Thomas Paine http://www.ushistory.org/paine/
 
Pledge of Allegiance - A Short History by J.W. Baer
http://www.vineyard.net/vineyard/history/pledge.htm and
http://www.ifx.net/~wjohnson/pledge.htm
You may be surprised by some of the history of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Related Pledge of Allegiance Websites:
2) Red Skelton: I Pledge Allegiance http://home.att.net/~poofcatt/july.html and
http://www.shrineclowns.com/skelton.html
 
Frances Scott Key
http://www.alltel.net/~davefowler/FSK.html
Here you find a brief biography of the man who wrote the words to the 'Star Spangled Banner.'
Related Websites:
2) Francis Scott Key 1780-1843 http://www.usflag.org/francis.scott.key.html
3) Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
http://www.ceai.org/tip05.html
 
Directory of Holidays from Miama-Dade County Public Schools
http://www.patriotism.org/page2.html
This web site features information of the people and the events surrounding our patriotic holidays.
Related Websites:
2) Fireworks and Web Sites: Have an Online Fourth of July from Minneapolis-St. Paul
Star Tribune http://www.startribune.com/idea/cgi-bin/theme.cgi?theme_id=385
3) Frequently Asked Veterans Day Questions from the Department of Veterans Affairs
http://www.va.gov/vetsday/page.cfm?pg=11
 
Websites For Teachers
Americana Vest & Shirt and Patriotism from Hobby Industry Association
http://www.i-craft.com/teachers/plans98/vest.html
The students will recognize and explain the importance of various patriotic symbols and create a patriotic vest.
 
Celebrating America's Freedom from the Department of Veterans Affairs
http://www.va.gov/pubaff/celebam/caindex.htm
Here you find fourteen essays about America's national symbols and customs, plus a list of possible school activities for Veterans Day.
 
I Pledge Allegiance to the ... What ?!? by D. Blumberg Drossner
http://www.constitutioncenter.org/sections/teacher/lesson_plans/html/10208bg.asp
This lesson uses a multidisciplinary approach to experiencing loyalty and patriotism. Students investigate the Pledge of Allegiance and develop an understanding of the meaning of the words recited.
 
Lessons of Liberty Booklist from the Council for Basic Education
http://www.c-b-e.org/makediff/qlessonslib.htm
Here is a suggested reading list from the Parents' Choice Foundation.
 
Memory Shall Be Ours: Celebrating Memorial Day by L. Starr
at Education World
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson119.shtml
This lesson plan article activity ideas for introducing the meaning of Memorial Day into the classroom.
 
Nationalism and the Olympics from Copernicus Education Gateway
http://www.edgate.com/summergames/inactive/lesson_plans/lp8.html
Pride in one's nation is important, but feelings of patriotism should not infringe on the rights of others.
Related Website:
2) Olympic Games from eduScapes 42eXplore http://eduscapes.com/42explore/olympics.htm
 
Patriotism from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/lessonplans/profbooks/patriotismactivities.pdf
Here is a collection of activities on patriotism for the classroom. Be patient, this pdf is a little slow loading.
 
Patriotism vs. Civility from CNN
http://fyi.cnn.com/2001/fyi/lesson.plans/11/05/stereotypes/
What is a stereotype? Use this article and corresponding questions to discuss prejudice and discrimination with your students.
 
Pen-Pal Patriotism from Time for Kids
http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/news/story/0,6260,185339,00.html
Learn how a U.S. Navy warship in the Persian Gulf has adopted a fifth grade class from California.
 
Veterans Day (Grades 6-12) from Miami-Dade County Public Schools
http://www.patriotism.org/veterans_day/page2.html
This lesson is designed to enhance student understanding of the Veterans Day observance.
 
Renewed Glory of Old Glory (Grades 6-12) by A. Zimbalist and J.Khan from the New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20011001monday.html
In this lesson, students investigate how increased patriotism as a reaction to national crisis can serve as both a uniting and a dividing force. Students discuss their views on the issue and interview adults representing different generations to gauge their historical perspectives.
  
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Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 2/02.