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.