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Patriotism - National Anthem & flag

Based on the novel Nothing But the Truth A Documentary Novel by Avi

In the story, Philip Malloy defies the dictates of the school regarding how to behave during the playing of the National Anthem.

Title 36 of the U.S. Code, Subtitle, 1, Paragraph A, Chapter 3, Section 301 sets the
appropriate conduct of people during the playing of the United States National Anthem.

1. What are people supposed to do during the playing of the national anthem?


2. There are also codes regarding the etiquette rules for displaying the U.S. flag.

Write three.




3. If you follow the codes, does this mean you are a patriot?


If you fail to follow the codes, does this mean you are not a patriot?


4. What are the rules at your school for Morning or Opening Exercises? Consult the school's policy manual.


Real life examples:

Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940)

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

"SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C. – On the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, students at one high school were not allowed to wear clothes with an American flag.

Under a new school rule, students at Hobbton High School are not allowed to wear items with flags, from any country, including the United States.

The new rule stems from a controversy over students wearing shirts bearing flags of other countries.

Gayle Langston said her daughter, Jessica, was told to remove her Stars and Stripes t-shirt.

“Today she wanted to wear her shirt, and I had to tell her no,” said Langston. “She didn't like it at all because I knew it would get her in trouble. Of all days, 9/11, she could not wear her American Flag shirt.”

The superintendent of schools in Sampson County calls the situation unfortunate, but says educators didn’t want to be forced to pick and choose which flags should be permissible." NBC 17 dotcom.

On September 12 the school was reported to have rescinded the rule.


First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Patriotism | How are funding decisions made? | Writing response opinion or article | Student Handbook rules

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Aligned with Pennsylvania Academic Standards Science and Technology, Arts, Reading, Ecology & Environment, Writing, History, Civics and Government