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Neil deGrasse Tyson Replies to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

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President Abraham Lincoln may not be the first name that comes up when discussing scientific advancement in the last two centuries, but Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson believes that Lincoln's efforts during the Civil War paved the way for relationships between science and American policymaking. With this animated video, listen to deGrasse Tyson's 2015 acceptance speech of the National Academy of Science's Public Welfare Medal and observe how he makes the connections across time and disciplines.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use in a unit on Lincoln, the Civil War, or the Industrial Revolution
  • Have learners choose between the final two questions as prompts for a longer writing assignment
  • Assign a research project in which learners investigate the way another American president contributed to the advancement of science and technology
Classroom Considerations
  • Includes multiple-choice questions about the facts in the video, and two short-answer questions that prompt learners to interpret quotes and provide examples of scientific contributions
  • Video is engaging and makes points that class members may find especially topical
  • Connects science and social studies together for a fluid understanding of both
  • Includes links for more information about the National Academy of Science, and for further connection between science and government
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