Memorize one of the greatest speeches in United States history as you fill in the blanks and listen to the speech put to music. Use the words that you write in the blanks to answer a special mystery question about The Gettysburg Address. An answer key is included for the teacher.
A second handout with more blanks has been added for advanced students. It also has three open-ended questions at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to "The Gettysburg Address" song, you can hear Lincoln's speech as you've never heard it before and unlock new levels of understanding. None of the words have been changed or left out in order to retain the purity of the message. Abraham Lincoln would be proud of this creative rendition of his work.
This one of a kind creation is excellent for President's Day and/or Veteran's Day. History teachers find it a valuable addition to their units on the Civil War. Use it for education or entertainment.
The Bonus Point Band also offers a music video of "The Gettysburg Address" on this site. Images contained in the video are classified in the public domain and show images from the time period. Facts about the battle at Gettysburg and Lincoln's historic speech are dispersed throughout the movie.
Four score and seven years ago
Our fathers brought forth on this continent
A new nation conceived in liberty
And dedicated to the proposition
That all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great Civil War,
Testing whether that nation or any nation
So conceived and so dedicated can long endure.
We are met on a great battlefield of that war.
We have come to dedicate
A portion of that field as
A final resting place
For those who here gave their lives
That a nation might live.
It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this,
But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate,
We cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground.
The brave men, living and dead
Who struggled here have consecrated
It far above our poor power
To add or detract.
The world will little note nor long remember what we say here,
But it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us the living
Rather to be dedicated
Here to the unfinished work
Which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
It is rather for us
To be here dedicated
To the great task remaining before us.
That from these honored dead
We take increased devotion
To that cause for which they gave
The last full measure of devotion.
That we here highly resolve
That these dead shall not have died in vain.
That this nation under God
Shall have a new birth of freedom,
And that government
Of the people,
By the people,
For the people
Shall not perish
From the earth.
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"The Gettysburg Address" by Ash Kizer
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License