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'I Do Solemnly Swear'



  • Language Arts


  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students complete a vocabulary work sheet about the Oath of Office.



  • explain the meaning of the Oath of Office.
  • find synonyms for some of the words in the oath.
  • complete a work sheet about the oath.


inauguration, Oath of Office, president, synonym

Materials Needed

Education World teaching master 'I Do Solemnly Swear', print or online dictionary

Lesson Plan

  • Review any previous discussions about the presidential inauguration. Discuss the meaning of the term Oath of Office. Explain that Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States stipulates that before becoming president, the president-elect must take a special oath. (See The Constitution of the United States: Transcription.)
  • Provide each student with a copy of the Education World teaching master 'I Do Solemnly Swear'. Have students complete the work sheet, using a print or an online dictionary, such as


Evaluate students' work sheet answers.

Answer Key. Some suggested synonyms: 1. sincerely; 2. promise; 3. pledge, vow; 4. conscientiously, carefully, attentively; 5. carry out, administer, enforce; 6. position; 7. capability, capacity; 8. guard, save, shelter; 9. safeguard, harbor; 10. support, maintain; 11. body of laws, rules, written laws.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis


Originally published 01/15/2001
Last updated 1/19/2017