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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
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
3) Declaration of Independence
4) Declaration of Independence
5) Declaration of Independence from The History Channel
6) Declaration of Independence from the Independence Hall Association
7) Declaration of Independence: A History
8) Declaration of Independence: Right to Institute New Government from Library of
9) Virginia Declaration of Rights from the National Archives and Records Administration
Flag of the United States of America
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
3) Betsy Ross Homepage
4) Facts About the United States Flag from The Smithsonian Institution
5) Flag of the United States
6) Star-spangled Banner from The Smithsonian Institution
7) Star-spangled Manners
8) United States of America
National Anthems, Flags and Facts
Here you can listen to national anthems and view flags of many countries around the world.
Related Websites:
2) Flag Facts
3) Show Your Patriotism from PC Teach IT
Sir Wilfred Laurier's Speed to the Canadian Club of Ottawa
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
3) Canada Day 96
4) Canadian Federation
5) The Middle ... O Canada
6) Oh Canada
7) Pearson Education Canada/Civics 10
8) What is a Canadian
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
Four Freedoms WebQuest (Grades 4-10) by M. Newman
Independence Day! (Grade 3) by J. Williamson
Patriotic Symbols by C.J. Chamberlain
Patriotic Symbols, Landmarks, & Practices by B. Murphy & P. Rice
Patriotic Themes in Country Music (Grades 5-8) by P. Petty
Proud to be American
Why Does Our Flag Look the Way It Does? (Grade 1) by M. Amory
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
2) Bill of Rights from the National Constitution Center
3) Bill of Rights
4) Bill of Rights: A Brief History from American Civil Liberties Union
5) Bill of Rights Issues at
6) History of the Bill of Rights from Massachussetts American Civil Liberties Union
7) James Madison Proposes the Bill of Rights to the House of Representatives
8) Miseducating the Young on Freedom: The Patriotism Enforcers by N. Hentoff at the Village
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
2) Flag Fever: the Paradox of Patriotism by B. Hardin from The New York Times
3) In Dire Need of a Patriotism of Dissent by L.J. Averill from October 3, 2001 Chicago Tribune
4) Lesson In Patriotism by M. Freund, September 21, 2001 Jerusalem Post
5) Miseducating the Young on Freedom: The Patriotism Enforcers by N. Hentoff from The
Village Voice
6) Patriotism by J. Alter from Newsweek
7) Patriotism & Censorship by Peter Hart and Seth Ackerman from November/December
2001 Extra
8) Patriotism, a Menace to Liberty by E. Goldman, 1911
9) Patriotism or Nationalism? by J. Sobran
10) Thinking Through Patriotism from the November 20, 2001 Christian Science Monitor
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
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
3) Constitution of the United States
4) Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention from the National
Archives and Records Administration
Patrick Henry: Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death
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
3) Patrick Henry
4) Patrick Henry
5) Patrick Henry - Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death from Yale Law School
6) Patrick Henry Writings and Biography
Patriotism from The National Flag Foundation
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
3) Scanned Originals of Early American Documents
President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
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
3) Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
Thomas Paine Library from Liberty Online
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)
3) Paine, Thomas: Common Sense
4) Remains of Thomas Paine from PBS Liberty
5) Thomas Paine
Pledge of Allegiance - A Short History by J.W. Baer and
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 and
Frances Scott Key
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
3) Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
Directory of Holidays from Miama-Dade County Public Schools
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
3) Frequently Asked Veterans Day Questions from the Department of Veterans Affairs
Websites For Teachers
Americana Vest & Shirt and Patriotism from Hobby Industry Association
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
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
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
Here is a suggested reading list from the Parents' Choice Foundation.
Memory Shall Be Ours: Celebrating Memorial Day by L. Starr
at Education World
This lesson plan article activity ideas for introducing the meaning of Memorial Day into the classroom.
Nationalism and the Olympics from Copernicus Education Gateway
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
Patriotism from Scholastic
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
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,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
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
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.
critical thinking
national anthem
flag code
Declaration of Independence
'Old Glory'
Constitution of the United States
patriotic dissent
Bill of Rights
civil liberty
constitutional rights
'flag waver'
'founding fathers'
Revolutionary War
pledge of allegiance
'stars and stripes'
national security
colonial life
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 2/02.