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The Battle at Gettysburg


Students will study the Gettysburg address, summarize it in their own words, and present it artistically, using technology to create audio or video recordings.


The Battle of Gettysburg was both a turning point in the Civil War and the setting for President Abraham Lincoln's most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address.

Read the Gettysburg Address together as a class.  Discuss the main themes and concepts and any vocabulary words the students may not be familiar with.

Divide the class into small groups and have the students rewrite the address in their own words.  The format can be a speech, a poem, or a song. Have the students rehearse and then record their version using a video camera or sound recorder.  They can incorporate costumes, a set, music, or artistic touches to make their presentations unique.

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