Lesson Plan

Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln's Greatest Speech

Most Americans have heard of the Gettysburg Address, but may not know what it means and why is it so important. Following guidance and scaffolded prompts, scholars analyze the short document that left an undeniable impact on the American psyche. PowerPoints and worksheets supplement the resources included with the lesson. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use prompts to build vocabulary during primary source analysis
  • Ask class members to write their own versions of the iconic speech
Classroom Considerations
  • Images in video are sometimes graphic
  • Resource offers a number of possibilities to build analytical skills
  • Activities allow for contextualization and chronology skill building
  • More than 100 of the PowerPoint slides do not have any notes, making them difficult to use