The purpose of this lesson is to teach
students about the background and
meaning of the countrys unofficial
national anthem. Students will
complete a vocabulary and
comprehension actthe background and
first verse of the song, America the
The student will explain the
background and meaning of America
Theme-Freedom & Progress
America the Beautiful praises the
beauty of our free and beloved country
in a physical and intellectual or
conceptual sense. Further, this song
serves to document the progress in
America including geographic and
Ask students to name our national anthem. Tell them that another song, America
the Beautiful, is so loved by many Americans that it is sometimes considered a
second, unofficial national anthem. Ask students if they can sing or recite the
words to the song.
1. Have students complete the America the Beautiful activity sheet.
2. Discuss the vocabulary and comprehension questions as well as the meaning of
the first verse of the song printed on the activity sheet.
Review the background and meaning of America the Beautiful. Remind students
that the song describes the beauty of our country.
★ America the Beautiful ★
SS5 Geography. Describe the ways
people adapt to and modify the
SS2 Citizenship. Explain important
symbols that represent American
★ America the Beautiful activity
★ America the Beautiful song sheet
★ Copy the America the Beautiful
activity sheet for each student.
Students will write a paragraph or poem describing the
beauty of America in their own words.
“America the Beautiful’s “
America the Beautiful first appeared in print in 1895. Katharine Lee Bates (1859-
1929) wrote the poem in 1893. She wrote a second version in 1904 and the final
version in 1913.
Katharine Lee Bates was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts on August 12, 1859.
In 1880, she g