The following are speeches and rights to memorize for 4th grade. Their titles and due dates are listed before each section:
The American’s Creed
(know the underlined part)
Due: Friday, September 6th
I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect itsflag, and to defend it against all
(know the first 2 paragraphs)
Due: Friday, October 11th
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we
cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Rights of Americans (1-5)
Due: Friday, November 8th
1. The right to worship God in one's own way.
2. The right to free speech and press.
3. The right to petition for grievances - in fair and honest judgment.
4. The right to privacy in our own homes.
5. The right to own private property.
Grievance: a cause of distress (as an unsatisfactory working condition) felt to afford reason for complaint or resistance
Rights of Americans (6-9)
Due: Friday, December 6th
6. The right to own, keep and bear arms.
7. The right to move freely about at home or abroad.
8. The right to habeas corpus - without excessive bail.
9. The right to trial by jury - innocent until proven guilty.
Habeas corpus: the right to obtain a writ…as a protection against illegal imprisonment. Writ for inquiring into the lawfulness of the restraint of a person who is imprisoned or detained in another's custody (writ: a formal written document)
Rights of Americans (10-13)
Due: Friday, January 10th
10. The right to free elections and personal secret ballots.
11. The right to the service of government as a protector and referee.
12. The right to freedom from arbitrarygovernment regulation and
13. The right to work in callings and localities of our choice.
Arbitrary: ruling by absolute authority
Rights of Americans (14-16)
Due: Friday, January 24th
14. The right to bargain for goods and services in a free market.
15. The right to contract about our affairs.
16. The right to go into
business, compete and make a profit.
States & Capitals
Due: Friday, March 21st
(Episode 21) Music traditional (Turkeyin the Straw). Lyrics by Randy Rogel.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana;Indianapolis, Indiana
And Columbus is the capital of Ohio
There's Montgomery, Alabama, south of Helena, Montana
Then there's Denver, Colorado, under Boise, Idaho.
Texas has Austin, then we go north
To Massachusetts' Boston, and Albany,New York
Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, D.C.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Nashville, Tennessee.
Elvis used to hang out there a lot, ya know.
Trenton's in New Jersey, north of Jefferson, Missouri
You've got Richmond in Virginia;South Dakota has Pierre
Harrisburg's in Pennsylvania and Augusta's up in Maine
And here is Providence, Rhode Island, next to Dover, Delaware.
Concord, New Hampshire, just a quick jaunt
To Montpelier, which is up in Vermont
Hartford's in Connecticut, so pretty in the fall
And Kansas has Topeka; Minnesotahas St Paul.
Juneau's in Alaskaand there's Lincoln in Nebraska
And it's Raleigh out in North Carolina and then
There's Madison, Wisconsin, and Olympia in Washington
Phoenix, Arizona, and Lansing, Michigan.
Here's Honolulu; Hawaii's a joy
Jackson, Mississippi, and Springfield, Illinois
South Carolina with Columbiadown the way
And Annapolis in Maryland on Chesapeake Bay.
They have wonderful clam chowder.
Cheyenne is in Wyomin' and perhaps you make your home in
Salt Lake City out in Utah, where the Buffalo roam
Atlanta's down in Georgia, and there's Bismarck, North Dakota
And you can live in Frankfort in your old Kentucky home.
Salem in Oregon; from there we join
Little Rock in Arkansas; Iowa's got Des Moines
Sacramento, California; Oklahoma and its city
Charleston, West Virginia, and Nevada, Carson City.
That's all the capitals there are!