Remembering the Gettysburg Address

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"How do you grade on Gettysburg?" Quiz

  1. How many words are there in the Gettysburg Address?
    a. 196
    b. 267
    c. 272
    d. 401

     

  2. A "score" is how many years?
    a. 10
    b. 20
    c. 30
    d. 100

     

  3. Who was designated to be the main speaker at the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg on November 19, 1863?
    a. Stephen Douglas
    b. Abraham Lincoln
    c. Edward Everett
    d. John Phillip Sousa

     

  4. Which national holiday was created in 1863?
    a. Veterans' Day
    b. Thanksgiving
    c. Presidents' Day
    d. Memorial Day

     

  5. In what state is Gettysburg located?
    a. Virginia
    b. Maryland
    c. South Carolina
    d. Pennsylvania

     

  6. Which general commanded the Confederate army at the Battle of Gettysburg?
    a. Robert E. Lee
    b. James Longstreet
    c. George E. Pickett
    d. J.E.B. Stuart

     

  7. How many days did the Battle of Gettysburg last?
    a. 1
    b. 2
    c. 3
    d. 5

     

  8. How many handwritten versions of the Gettysburg Address are there?
    a. 1
    b. 4
    c. 5
    d. 11

     

  9. Approximately how many soldiers lost their lives in the battle at Gettysburg?
    a. 7,500
    b. 25,000
    c. 30,000
    d. 50,000

     

  10. To which document was President Lincoln referring for the proposition that all men are created equal?
    a. The Constitution
    b. The Emancipation Proclamation
    c. The Civil Rights Act
    d. The Declaration of Independence

 

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General Resources

Interactive Gettysburg Address

This interactive version of the Gettysburg Address from the Smithsonian Museum of American History allows you to explore the document in a whole new way. View some tips (pdf) for using this web site in the classroom.

BYUtv's American Ride: Gettysburg

In this episode of BYUtv's American Ride, host Stan Ellsworth looks at how close the South actually came to winning this critical battle and how Gettysburg became the turning point of the war.

BYUtv's American Ride: Legacy of Lincoln

In this episode of BYUtv's American Ride, host Stan Ellsworth takes viewers back to the end of the Civil War and the new emerging hope for the future of the nation, but not before one last tragic price to be paid for the victory of the Union and freedom.

GettyReady Newspaper Insert

This insert is designed to provide background and tips on how to make the Gettysburg Address more meaningful.

 

Apps

Abraham Lincoln: A Presidential Collection

Abraham Lincoln: A Presidential Collection contains the complete set of the 16th President's writings, including the Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamation.

Famous Speeches

Read some of the most powerful and influential speeches made by Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln and many more.

Gettysburg 150

This App will help you plan your trip to Gettysburg and guide you to all the important sites you want to see. Once you are there you can learn more about the events that occurred in the exact spot you are standing

Gettysburg 150th Anniversary Issue

This bookazine focuses on the Battle of Gettysburg, the presidents and generals, epic decisions, causes of conflict, the aftermath, and the reconstruction.

Gettysburg Battle

The Gettysburg 150th Anniversary Battle App is the perfect tour partner for your visits to the Gettysburg battlefield. Our GPS-enabled tour application allows you to discover all of the great historical sites associated with this landmark Civil War battle.

Speeches: Abraham Lincoln

This App is a collection of the speeches of Abraham Lincoln: The Gettysburg Address, A House Divided, First Presidential Inaugural Address and more.

The Battle of Gettysburg

This App includes 60 high quality photos and drawings, 10 maps, 10 first-hand accounts. A six minute narrated multimedia movie summary brings the Battle of Gettysburg to life. Program highlights include a reading of the Gettysburg Address, delivered by President Lincoln, at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery.

 

Grades K-6

Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans

Engaging Students in a Collaborative Exploration of the Gettysburg Address

This lesson plan invites students to learn more about the historical significance of President Abraham Lincoln's famous speech, the Gettysburg Address, as well as the time period and people involved.

Gettysburg Address Lesson Plan

Students will evaluate the role of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in the context of its place and time in history and how it is relevant in today’s society.

The Gettysburg Address Memory Cards

These flash cards have visual cues for each phrase of the speech to help you memorize it.

The Gettysburg Address Teacher Resource Guide (pdf)

A collection of lesson plans and classroom activities from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Web sites

Interactive Gettysburg Address

This interactive version of the Gettysburg Address from the Smithsonian Museum of American History allows you to explore the document in a whole new way. View some tips (pdf) for using this web site in the classroom.

Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

An online exhibit at the National Museum of American History

Gettysburg Address Exhibition

This Library of Congress online exhibition presents the key documents linked to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Books

Abraham Lincoln, The Writer: A Treasury of His Greatest Speeches and Letters - Harold Holzer
A collection of what is considered Lincoln's greatest speeches and personal correspondence.

A Three-Minute Speech: Lincoln’s Remarks at Gettysburg - Jennifer Armstrong
Four score and seven years ago... So begins one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States.

Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln - Jean Fritz
When it came time to honor all the soldiers who had died in the battle of Gettysburg, President Lincoln took time to say a few words. Here is a true story about a great man and his famous speech.

The Gettysburg Address - by Abraham Lincoln and Michael McCurdy (Illustrator)
The large-scale black-and-white illustrations that accompany the words of the Gettysburg Address allows the language of the speed to sink in and take hold.

The Gettysburg Address - Michael Burgan
The author details the events that led to the Battle of Gettysburg, including an overview of slavery, the Civil War, and Lincoln’s election and presidency.

The Gettysburg Address - Sam Fink
Taking the address phrase by phrase, Sam Fink has highlighted through his artwork the essence of Lincoln's words and spirit on that day in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863.

The Gettysburg Address in Translation: What It Really Means - Kay M. Olson
This book translates the address into a language you can understand.

The Long Road to Gettysburg - Jim Murphy
By telling the story of the Battle of Gettysburg through the journeys of two young soldiers, the author conveys the boredom, excitement, and terror of the battle.

Videos

Historical Backdrop for the Gettysburg Address

This five-minute video excerpt from Ken Burns’ The Civil War will help us understand the historical backdrop for the Gettysburg Address.

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Lincoln gives the short and eloquent Gettysburg Address at the cemetery on the Pennsylvania battlefield where nearly 8,000 men died.

 

Grades 7-8

Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans

Inventing and Presenting Unit 2: Effective Speeches and Building the Invention

In this lesson, students begin work on inventions of their own design, and also spend time studying effective speeches from history.

Understanding the Gettysburg Address

Student will analyze President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address sentence-by-sentence and discuss their interpretations within the context of the Civil War.

Commemoration of the Gettysburg Battlefield

Students will access multiple primary sources that provide a historical context for the Gettysburg Address and then classify the information to form generalizations about the Civil War and democracy.

Vocabulary for the Gettysburg Address

Here are some word lists and definitions (pdf) used in the Lincoln's speech. And this site includes example sentences.

Gettysburg Address Lesson Plan

Students will evaluate the role of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in the context of its place and time in history and how it is relevant in today’s society.

The Gettysburg Address Memory Cards

These flash cards have visual cues for each phrase of the speech to help you memorize it.

Discussion Starters

The GettyReady discussion starters were gathered to help initiate conversations about this important speech.

Web sites

Interactive Gettysburg Address

This interactive version of the Gettysburg Address from the Smithsonian Museum of American History allows you to explore the document in a whole new way. View some tips (pdf) for using this web site in the classroom.

Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

An online exhibit at the National Museum of American History

Gettysburg Address Exhibition

This Library of Congress online exhibition presents the key documents linked to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Books

Abraham Lincoln, The Writer: A Treasury of His Greatest Speeches and Letters - Harold Holzer
A collection of what is considered Lincoln's greatest speeches and personal correspondence.

The Gettysburg Address - Michael Burgan
The author details the events that led to the Battle of Gettysburg, including an overview of slavery, the Civil War, and Lincoln’s election and presidency.

The Long Road to Gettysburg - Jim Murphy
By telling the story of the Battle of Gettysburg through the journeys of two young soldiers, the author conveys the boredom, excitement, and terror of the battle.

The Gettysburg Address - by Abraham Lincoln and Michael McCurdy (Illustrator)
The large-scale black-and-white illustrations that accompany the words of the Gettysburg Address allows the language of the speed to sink in and take hold.

The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell
This fully-illustrated graphic adaptation of the Gettysburg Address offers a new look at one of the most important speeches in American history.

Videos

Historical Backdrop for the Gettysburg Address

This five-minute video excerpt from Ken Burns’ The Civil War will help us understand the historical backdrop for the Gettysburg Address.

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Lincoln gives the short and eloquent Gettysburg Address at the cemetery on the Pennsylvania battlefield where nearly 8,000 men died.

145th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address

Ken Burns was the featured speaker at an annual observation at Soldiers' National Cemetery of President Abraham Lincoln’s "Gettysburg Address."

Extending Understanding: Vocabulary Development

This Teaching Channel video demonstrates how one educator uses the Gettysburg Address to extend her student's vocabulary development.

 

 

 

Grades 9-12

Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans

Myth and Truth: The Gettysburg Address

Behind every myth are many possible truths allowing us to discover who we were as peoples and who we are today. By exploring myths surrounding the Gettysburg Address, this lesson asks students to think critically about commonly believed “facts” about this important speech and the Civil War.

The Gettysburg Address (1863)—Defining the American Union

This lesson will examine the most famous speech in American history to understand how Lincoln turned a perfunctory eulogy at a cemetery dedication into a concise and profound meditation on the meaning of the Civil War and American union.

Commemoration of the Gettysburg Battlefield

Students will access multiple primary sources that provide a historical context for the Gettysburg Address and then classify the information to form generalizations about the Civil War and democracy.

Sample Performance Assessment

This sample performance assessment has 9th and 10th grade students to read the Gettysburg Address closely and then complete various discussion and writing activities.

Understanding the Primary Text: What Does It Say?

This student worksheet has students answer questions about the Gettysburg Address.

Understanding the Gettysburg Address

Student will analyze President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address sentence-by-sentence and discuss their interpretations within the context of the Civil War.

Gettysburg Address Lesson Plan

Students will evaluate the role of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in the context of its place and time in history and how it is relevant in today’s society.

Vocabulary for the Gettysburg Address

Here are some word lists and definitions (pdf) used in the Lincoln's speech. And this site includes example sentences.

Discussion Starters

The GettyReady discussion starters were gathered to help initiate conversations about this important speech.

Web sites

Interactive Gettysburg Address

This interactive version of the Gettysburg Address from the Smithsonian Museum of American History allows you to explore the document in a whole new way. View some tips (pdf) for using this web site in the classroom.

Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

An online exhibit at the National Museum of American History

Gettysburg Address Exhibition

This Library of Congress online exhibition presents the key documents linked to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Books

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Illustrated - by Jack E. Levin and Mark R. Levin
This book reprints Lincoln's most famous speech, overlaying the text upon actual photographs of Civil War battlefields, paintings of the Founding Fathers, maps, period drawings of battles, and period newspaper clippings.

The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell
This fully-illustrated graphic adaptation of the Gettysburg Address offers a new look at one of the most important speeches in American history.

Videos

Historical Backdrop for the Gettysburg Address

This five-minute video excerpt from Ken Burns’ The Civil War will help us understand the historical backdrop for the Gettysburg Address.

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Lincoln gives the short and eloquent Gettysburg Address at the cemetery on the Pennsylvania battlefield where nearly 8,000 men died.

145th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address

Ken Burns was the featured speaker at an annual observation at Soldiers' National Cemetery of President Abraham Lincoln’s "Gettysburg Address."