Prepare your students for Presidents’ Day with our lesson plan about Abraham Lincoln, including a close reading of his historical speech, the Gettysburg Address.
End of Civil War Anniversary Transcript
Students read this text on Abraham Lincoln at WhiteHouse.gov individually, highlighting important events in Lincoln’s life.
Students share their highlighted events with a partner, then work together to create a timeline of important events in Lincoln’s life.
Call on partners to share their responses. Then create one large classroom timeline of Lincoln’s life, based on student responses. Be sure to include the years of the Civil War: 1861-1865.
Geo Week 2013: Where Is Gettysburg Transcript
Distribute copies of the Gettysburg Address to each student, along with supporting vocabulary definitions:
Each student reads the Address in its entirety. Students review the first paragraph only, highlighting any words or phrases that are confusing or unclear.
Read the entire Address aloud to class. Instruct students to focus on the first paragraph, and answer the following:
Invite students to read through the second paragraph independently, and then answer the following questions on their own:
Invite students to read the third paragraph.
Students rewrite the third paragraph of the Gettysburg Address in their own words. Ask students to share their responses aloud.
First, watch President Obama recite the Gettysburg Address. Then, choose any three videos to watch at LearntheAddress.org.
Write a brief evaluation for each one. Which speaker was most effective? Why? Who was not as effective? Why? Be sure to provide details to support your opinions.
Do you believe the Gettysburg Address is still relevant today? Why or why not?
As of today, no. I don’t think it’s as relevant as it was back then.
Of course! They risked THEIR life for our freedom. We should honor them more because without those militants, there would still be slaves today.
Of course! Those people gave THEIR life for out freedom. we should honor them more. If they did not fight for us, there would still be slaves today.
i think that is good