Gettysburg Address Classroom Resources
150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
November 19, 2013
Teachers around the nation will be helping their students memorize what is perhaps the most famous two-minute speech in US history. Watch this page for periodic updates surrounding the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
Below are free classroom resources for studying and memorizing the Gettysburg Address.
Download this copy for classroom memorization.
Audio Recording of the Gettysburg Address
Listen to Actor Bruce Cromer's dramatic reading of Lincoln's speech at Gettysburg.
Historical Backdrop for the Gettysburg Address
This five-minute video excerpt from Ken Burns’ The Civil War is an excellent teacher resource to set the historical backdrop for the Gettysburg Address. It is also appropriate for student viewing.
A Close Reading of the Gettysburg Address
This 3-part common core lesson plan from PARCC: A Close Reading of The Gettysburg Address, includes reading, discussion, vocabulary and writing tasks. It is a printable document with directions for teachers and guiding questions for students. The curriculum also compares the “Nicolay” and “Bliss” versions of the speech.
The Interactive Gettysburg Address
This highly interactive document from the Smithsonian Museum of American History enables teachers and students to:
LISTEN to actor Liam Nelson’s dramatic reading of the Gettysburg Address.
DISCOVER the stories behind words within the seven parts of the speech.
READ transcripts in multiple versions, in either English or Spanish.
EXAMINE the original document, down to Lincoln’s pen strokes, using digital zoom.
DISCUSS the speech content using questions developed for in-class or short written responses.