Gettysburg Address: Investigate, Restate, & Create with Lincoln's Words! Google 1:1 Compatible!
This lesson is included in the larger The Civil War Unit, located here:
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In this highly engaging Civil War activity, students are challenged by integrating the Common Core literacy standards with the Gettysburg Address.
Students tackle section by section of this highly-complex document by first pulling out essential vocabulary words, defining those terms in their own words, rephrasing the section with those key terms, then finally rephrasing the section without using the key terms. This series of steps forces students to tear apart the Gettysburg Address then reconstruct it by building it back up, knowing the meaning behind the essential vocabulary that Lincoln incorporated.
This has been a hit for several years, and has been the subject of many great classroom observation. Look for the same method with other essential documents soon, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Northwest Ordinance.
This resource includes a paper in-class version and a 1:1 Google compatible version to be used in conjunction with Google Classroom. Just follow the included instructions for how to access the Google version, then share the resource through Google or assign via Google Classroom. This will allow students to type directly into the document!
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