Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is arguably one of the most famous, and most quoted, speeches in American history. As such, it lends itself beautifully to close reading. It is full of rhetorical devices and emotional appeals. Lexile Analyzer places it at a 1500 level but, because of its length and passion, it comes off as an easier read than some lower level speeches.
This activity has students defining vocabulary, identifying juxtaposed ideas, recognizing repetition and parallelism and answering a couple of text dependent questions.
Common Core Objectives:
6-8.RH.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
6-8.RH.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
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