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Memory Challenges

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Memorization of patriotic songs and classical literacy selections are a highly valued part of the educational program of L.A.S. In August, I sent home a copy with all the 4th grade memory challenges on it. Students are to keep it in the page protector in their homework folder. Memory challenges are an oral grade. I am testing for memorization,inflection in voice and speaking loud and clear. It is important that each student has good eye contact and welcoming body language as he/she recites the memory challenge to the class. Folded arms, looking down/up or rocking back and forth is NOT welcoming body language.

Star Spangled Banner (Recite and fill in a cloze passage)       
Pledge of Allegiance (Recite and write the meanings)           
Handout:   Meanings of the Pledge of Allegiance
The Wind                                                                     
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening                            
President Lincoln                                                         
Presidents 1-46                                                          

 Memory Challenges
The Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The Star-Spangled Banner
 by Francis Scott Key

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave          
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
  The Wind           
  by Robert Louis Stevenson

  I saw you toss the kites on high
 And blow the birds about the sky;
 And all around I heard you pass,
 Like ladies’ skirts across the grass-
    O wind, a-blowing all day long,
    O wind, that sings so loud a song!
I saw the different things you did,  
But always you yourself you hid.
I felt you push, I heard you call,
I could not see yourself at all –
     O wind, a-blowing all day long,
     O wind, that sings so loud a song.
O you are so strong and cold,
O blower, are you young or old?
Are you a beast of field or tree
Or just a stronger child than me?
      O wind, a-blowing all day long,
      O wind, that sings so loud a song!
 President Lincoln
(Sung to “Reuben, Reuben I’ve Been Thinkin”)

President Lincoln, I’ve been thinkin’
When you were a tiny babe.
As a youth, you told the truth,
So people called you “Honest Abe.”

President Lincoln, I’ve been thinkin’
You grew up tough as nails.
On the farm, you swung your arm,
And with an axe you split the rails!
President Lincoln, I’ve been thinkin’
How you taught yourself the law.   
Every book around you took.
And read like no one ever saw!
President Lincoln, I’ve been thinkin’
Back to when you wrote the
Emancipation Proclamation,           
So the slaves could all be free.
President Lincoln, I’ve been thinkin’
How you bravely led the land.
Once divided, now united.
You made sure our house would stand.

Presidents in Order                                          
 1.  George Washington                                                    
  2.  John Adams                                                                 
  3.  Thomas Jefferson                                                       
  4.  James Madison                                                           
  5.  James Monroe                                                            
  6.  John Quincy Adams                                                   
  7.  Andrew Jackson                                                         
  8.  Martin Van Buren                                           
  9.  William Henry Harrison                                   
10.  John Tyler                                                                                  
11.  James Polk                                                         
12.  Zachary Taylor                                                 
13.  Millard Fillmore                                                
14.  Franklin Pierce                                                  
15.  James Buchanan                                               
16.  Abraham Lincoln                                              
17.  Andrew Johnson                                                                                                                       
18.  Ulysses S. Grant                                                
19.  Rutherford B. Hayes                                        
20.  James A. Garfield                                             
21.  Chester A. Arthur                                             
22.  Grover Cleveland                                              
23.  Benjamin Harrison                                           
24.  Grover Cleveland                                              
25.  William McKinley                                             
26.  Theodore Roosevelt                                          
27.  William H. Taft                                     
28.  Woodrow Wilson                                              
29.  Warren G. Harding                                          
30.  Calvin Coolidge                                                        
31.  Herbert Hoover                                                 
32.  Franklin D. Roosevelt                                       
33.  Harry S. Truman                                           
34.  Dwight D. Eisenhower                                      
35.  John F. Kennedy                                               
36.  Lyndon B. Johnson                                           
37.  Richard M. Nixon
38.  Gerald R. Ford
39.  Jimmy Carter
40.  Ronald W. Reagan
41.  George H. Bush
42.  Bill Clinton
43.  George W. Bush
44.  Barack Obama   
45. Donald Trump   
46. Joe Biden                     
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening                                                    
 by Robert Frost  
Whose woods there are I think I know.                             
His house is in the village though                                      
He will not see me stopping here                                       
To watch his woods fill up with snow.                               
My little horse must think it queer                                        
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake                                   
The darkest evening of the year.                                        
He gives his harness bells a shake                                       
To ask if there is some mistake.                                             
The only other sound’s the sweep                                           
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep                                  
But I have promises to keep,                                               
And miles to go before I sleep,                                             
And miles to go before I sleep.     

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