President Lincoln made his second inaugural address on March 5th, 1865, little more than a month before the end of the Civil War. It is as timely and important now as it was then. It calls us to our duties as citizens of the United States and reminds us of our responsibilities to each other. I hope the following activities will help you open its meanings to your students. I’ve included CLOZE, directed reading and reciprocal teaching questions as well as critical thinking and writing opportunities. The text of the entire 2nd Inaugural Address is included, too.
I appreciate your interest in our Civil War! Please take a look at my other Civil War primary document units listed here on TPT. They include The Battle Hymn of the Republic, The Pickets - a short story by Robert W. Chambers, At Chancellorsville - a poem by Andrew Hudgins, Glory - a letter from a soldier of the 54th Massachusetts, The Emancipation Proclamation and Herman Melville's "Shiloh".