My students and I created a musical chronicling the life story of Abraham Lincoln. We included in our musical, a recitation of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The language of this famous speech is very challenging, and speaking it in unison with clarity required us to insert diagonal pause marks throughout. At each pause mark, we fully stopped our speaking and began together with each next phrase. Because we had an even number of boys and girls in the 4th grade class, we opted to split the lines this way. We worked on this recitation over many months until it was fully memorized with flawless pauses and brilliant clarity. While on a tour of the Illinois State Capitol Building, the students were invited by a State Senator to perform this rendition of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on the floor of the Illinois State Senate. It was a very powerful, very meaningful experience.
This resource is a "pause-marked" practice version of Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address.
This resource is 4 pages in total.
I use this resource with 4th grade students.
One Arts Infusion Collaborative seeks to create resources that support and enhance curricular content through an infusion of an arts medium; in this case, dramatic and recitational reading.