Gettysburg Address Classroom Resources

Gettysburg Address Classroom Resources

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.
 
 
 
 
Abraham LincolnHistorical 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.
 
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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
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