Happy Labor Day!

“I built that!”

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.)

Analyze the poem: http://www.helium.com/items/1120772-whitman-father-of-modern-american-poetry

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

See also:

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!)

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