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Gettysburg Address Close Read

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Required Time Frame
4-5 days
Grade Level(s)
Lesson Abstract
Close read of Gettysburg Address activity


  • Students will have read chapter on the American Civil War

  • Students will have read and completed worksheets over Civil War battles

  • Students will have completed concept(mind) maps over the chapter sections 

  • Students will have watched the History Channel’s Story of Us on Civil War

    Rationale (why are you doing this?)


    • The lesson plan meets State(Ks)and USD 449 and course objectives

    • The Gettysburg Address changed and challenges the US to a new “new birth of freedom”

    • The lesson plan is in line with common core goals for critical reading skills


    Lesson Objectives - the student will


    • Develop cooperative working skills

    • Use Primary sources (documents) and analyze the content

    • Develop a better understanding of the Gettysburg Address

    • Be able to compose a short essay after reading a primary source


    District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met


    • Reading history 6-8.2 - cite textual information…. 6-8.7 distinguish fact, opinion, reasoned judgment

    • Writing history- 6-8.2 - write informative/ explanatory text...6-8.6 use technology….6-8.7 conduct a short research project

    • KCCRS 1,2,7,8,9


    Primary sources needed (document, photograph, artifact, diary or letter, audio or visual recording, etc.) needed

    Teacher will provide copies of the Gettysburg Address (see Everett copy in link below)

    Fully describe the activity or assignment in detail. What will both the teacher and the students do?


    • 1st read- teacher will read the Gettysburg Address to the students at the end of class  the day before the lesson begins

    • Day 1: teams will be assigned(3-4 per group).The teams will elect a captain who will turn materials into teacher. All team members will read the Gettysburg address and underline or circle and define all words they do not know in the margin of the document. At the end of class, each team captain will list the unknown words from their team  which may be done on butcher paper or board-your call. The class will note the common unknown words each group listed

    • Day 2:Each team will I) write a 3-4 sentence summary paragraph of the Address. II)Each team’s captain will share their summary with the class. III)Poise questions to teams/class- What was similar  in the team’s summary? Different?

    • Day 3: (Text dependent questions[have the questions posted in classroom]) Each team will answer the following questions according to the Gettysburg Address--


    I) What time frame in our country’s history did Lincoln start the speech with?

    II)What was the “reason” Lincoln said they were there for?

    III)Who did Lincoln say “consecrated”