Gettysburg Address

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Introduce students to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with our interactive Gettysburg Address Lesson Plan.  This lesson provides engaging activities to summarize, identify reasons for, orally present, and define selected vocabulary from, the Gettysburg Address.  Generalize understanding by challenging students to consider how to deliver the speech to a younger audience, and engage critical thinking as students explore personal meaning from the speech.

Gettysburg Address Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Gettysburg Address.
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on determining the definition of specific words and historical information.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Introduce students to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with our interactive Gettysburg Address Lesson Plan.  This lesson provides engaging activities to summarize, identify reasons for, orally present, and define selected vocabulary from, the Gettysburg Address.  Generalize understanding by challenging students to consider how to deliver the speech to a younger audience, and engage critical thinking as students explore personal meaning from the speech.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask students if they have ever heard a speech, whether in person or on TV, which they found memorable. Tell them to share the details.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Ask: Why are some speeches more memorable than others?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce the Gettysburg Address.
  5. Distribute Gettysburg Address content pages. Read and review the information with the students. (You may choose to allow volunteers to memorize the speech or require students to memorize it.)
  6. Show one of the videos of the speech being given as the students follow along with the actual text on the content pages. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses. Confirm that students understand the vocabulary from the speech. It will be useful when they do the activity.
  8. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Encourage students to think about how the speech should sound for students younger than themselves.
  9. Once completed, assign each pair of students a time slot to deliver it to the class.
  10. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. Allow volunteers to share the speech’s personal meaning.
  11. In closing, ask students which part of the Gettysburg Address is their favorite and why.
  12. 12. Allow for responses and discussion.
  13. 13.Unless assigned, ask volunteers to memorize and present the original speech to the class.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies