Winter 2021 Education Series
JFK Library Teaching and Learning Tuesdays
From the Library's Department of Education and Public Programs Team
January 12, 2021

The Inauguration of the President

Featuring resources and programs commemorating the 60th anniversary of JFK's inauguration, what's next for the new president, and more!
Ready-to-Go Resources
Lesson Plan
"Ask not what your country can do for you"
Grades 3-6
John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address inspired children and adults to see the importance of civic action and public service. The letter included in this activity, written by a third-grade student, is one of thousands housed at the Kennedy Presidential Library.
Lesson Plan
The President's Pledge
Grades 4-6
Introduce your students to the oath of office, the key component of a presidential inauguration and the symbol of a peaceful transition of power. The lesson begins with examining an artifact, the top hat Kennedy wore on January 20, 1961.
In Case You Missed It:
High School Lesson Plans on Kennedy's Inaugural Address
Lesson Plan
Interpreting JFK’s Inaugural Address
Grades 9-12
President Kennedy’s inaugural speech addressed not only the American people, but also people throughout the world—including newly independent nations, old allies, and the Soviet Union. In this lesson, students are challenged to consider how the speech might have resonated with some of these audiences.
Lesson Plan
Analyzing the Rhetoric of JFK’s Inaugural Address
Grades 9-12
John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address is widely viewed as one of the most enduring inaugural messages in United States history. In this lesson, students analyze the rhetorical devices that enhance the speech and provide their own improvements on it.
President Kennedy's Inaugural Address
On a frigid Winter's day, January 20, 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy took the oath of office from Chief Justice Earl Warren, to become the 35th President of the United States. At age 43, he was the youngest man, and the first Irish Catholic to be elected to the office of President. This is the speech he delivered announcing the dawn of a new era as young Americans born in the 20th century first assumed leadership of the Nation.
Forum Spotlight
The New Administration: Opportunities and Challenges
Wednesday, January 13
6:00 PM - 7:30 p.m. EST
Panelists Lisa Lerer, reporter at The New York Times, and Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and CNN Political Analyst, discuss opportunities and challenges for the incoming administration, as well as reflect on the significance of the Biden-Harris victory in the 2020 elections. NBC News correspondent Harry Smith moderates.

A recording of this program will be available after the program ends.
Len Cabral - Stories of Hope in Action
Monday, January 18
11:30 a.m. EST
Internationally renowned storyteller Len Cabral shares stories of the power of hopeful actions to help smooth out some of the rough edges left by 2020. Folktales, myths, and personal accounts come to life with humor, wisdom, and compassion that will inspire viewers of all ages.
Benkadi Drum and Dance
Wednesday, February 17
11:30 a.m. EST
With vivid costumes, the multicultural Benkadi Drum and Dance group performs new dances showcasing traditional West African rhythms and movements. Join in as a folktale comes to life before your very eyes!
The videos for these programs will be available for a limited time after their initial broadcast date.
Presidents' Day 2021
Monday, February 15, 2021  
Starting at 11:00 a.m. EST
Join us for special virtual programming in honor of Presidents' Day. Watch conversations with past presidents portrayed by actors, partake in creative at-home activities, and more!
Professional Development
Dignity and Justice for All: Stories of Protest, Resistance and Change
Join keynote speaker Dr. Debbie Reese and award-winning authors Jabari Asim, Ann Bausum, and Doreen Rappaport on March 24, 2021 at our virtual conference for teachers of grades 3 - 8 and school librarians.
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
For High School Students!
Political courage is more important than ever. It’s not too late to encourage your students to enter this national writing competition. The deadline is this Friday, January 15, 2021.
Virtual School Programming
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The Kennedy Library has a variety of structured programs for elementary, middle, and high school classes in a virtual setting. These offerings focus on multiple topics, including campaigns and elections, civil rights, leadership, document-based questions, the Cold War, why an archive?, and President Kennedy's life and presidency.
Additional Resources
On Kennedy, Frost and the Role of the Artist in a Democratic Society: A Screening of JFK’s Last Speech
On the eve of the 2021 presidential inaugural, join us for a virtual screening of a new film JFK: The Last Speech, which explores the dramatic relationship between two American icons—John F. Kennedy and Robert Frost. On October 26, 1963, President Kennedy dedicated the library at Amherst College to Robert Frost, who had famously recited a poem as part of JFK’s inauguration in 1961. In honoring Frost, John Kennedy paid tribute to the role of the arts and humanities in democratic societies. “When power corrupts, poetry cleanses,” JFK remarked. “For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.” The documentary chronicles how what was to be JFK’s last speech in his home state of Massachusetts inspired a group of Amherst College classmates to lives of service. Immediately following the film, Tom Putnam, Director of the Concord Museum and former Director of the Kennedy Library, will moderate a conversation with Amherst College professor Rhonda Cobham-Sander, filmmaker Bestor Cram, presidential historian Ellen Fitzpatrick, and Frost biographer Jay Parini.

This program is co-sponsored by the Concord Museum, Mass Humanities, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Umbrella Arts Center.
In Case You Missed It...
JFK Library's Teaching and Learning Tuesdays 12/8
The previous enewsletter featured virtual school programs, the "Making Your Voice Heard" and "The Press Office: A Presidential News Conference Simulation" lesson plans; the Presidents' Day Family Festival; the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest; the "Expanding Democracy Keynote: The Judicial Role in Contemporary Voting Rights Issues" Forum; the "Suffrage Sunflower" Activity of the Week; the "Wampanoag Nation Singers & Dancers" and the Richard Stillman "Holiday Troubadour" Celebrate! programs; the "Children with Thanksgiving Turkey" virtual jigsaw puzzle; and National History Day in Massachusetts.

In addition, all past emails from this series are available on the Library's website.
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