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Edsitement: The Gettysburg Address

An artist's rendition of Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address

The quality of lessons found at Edsitement continues to amaze me.  If you are looking to harness the excitement caused by the release of Spielberg’s Lincoln and to use such to motivate students in your classroom, this website is the place to look!

The Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous and one of the most important speeches ever given by an American, president or otherwise.  This Edsitement lesson plan can help your students delve into the rich history surrounding this document.  This site is full of thoughtful, provoking questions, rare but effective documents, an engaging activities.

The lesson promotes itself to teachers in its “Learning Objectives” section.  The objectives are posted below, to give teachers a teaser of the richness of this site:

Learning Objectives

  • Explain why some Northern Democrats criticized Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
  • Explain why Lincoln thought July 4, 1776, was the birthday of the United States.
  • Articulate the connection Lincoln made between emancipation and preserving the Union.
  • Describe the “unfinished task” that Lincoln presented to the American people at Gettysburg.

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