The U.S. economy was founded on the principles of free enterprise, hard work, and innovation. As you enjoy your Labor Day, remember that it was hard-working Americans who made this national holiday possible.
The first Monday in September honors the contributions that everyday workers – average Americans – have made to our nation’s strength, prosperity, and standard of living.
“I Hear America Singing,” a famous poem by Walt Whitman first published in 1860, presents an image of proud and healthy individuals engaged in productive and happy labor.
Read the poem here: http://www.bartleby.com/142/91.html
Listen to the poem: http://www.poetryoutloud.org/poems-and-performance/listen-to-poetry (Scroll down a ways to find the audio file of an introduction and writer Richard Rodriguez reading the poem.)
Study the literary terms used in this poem: http://www.brighthubeducation.com/homework-help-literature/62541-poetry-analysis-i-hear-america-singing-and-beat-beat-drums/
View a PhotoStory project for the poem here: http://youtu.be/snICjHsrzfc
Learn about the history of Labor Day and find Labor Day activity ideas for kids at: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/njfk/labor.html
http://new1.homeschoollibrary.info/300-social-studies/330-careers (Check out 40 different careers.)
http://www.minifigcity.com (LEGO Community Workers – kids will like this site!)