Four Score and Seven: Uncovering the Greatness of the Gettysburg Address

 

It was 150  years ago this November that Lincoln delivered his succinct, weighty, and memorable speech at the solemn dedication of Gettysburg National Cemetery. Why have his words endured through the ages? Where do great ideas come from? How do repeated themes and ideas become a part of the national narrative? How can language influence and inspire? Explore these and other fascinating questions as we examine Library of Congress primary sources authored by Lincoln along with others from our nation’s history to uncover the enduring greatness of the Gettysburg Address. Discuss and gain ideas about meeting Common Core standards that focus on close reading of non-fiction texts.  Pre-requisite: Essentials Exploration.

Agenda:

8:30 a.m. Welcome/coffee

  • Sign in; Introductions; Overview of day’s activities; review the Notebook; Standards; Explanation of Day’s expectations
  • Reflection on classroom uses page—fill in first column now
  • Define informational text


For electronic copies of the workshop materials, go to http://www.unctps.org/Gettysburg

 Activity: What’s in the Gettysburg Address?

  • Pre-Reading activity and informational texts
  • Practice a method to connect to primary sources

 

Analyzing the Gettysburg Address using Scrolling and Textmapping

  • Making informational primary sources more accessible

“Fact-Finding Mission Field Notes” for the Gettysburg Address

  • Finding and tracking themes by analyzing the primary sources that inspired Lincoln

     

Break

Grammar Detectives—Another way to “read” the Gettysburg Address

  • Reflection on classroom uses—make notes on possible activities
  • Discuss product from students and how to prove they met the standards

 

Computer time to find resources

 

Lunch (half hour) Credit information/ Assignment

 

Activity:  Primary sources that set the stage for the Gettysburg Address    

  • Timeline/Order the primary sources
  • Discuss context for the Gettysburg Address

 

Break

Move to computer lab:  Field Trip Through the Library of Congress site                          
Demonstration of searching for primary sources

 

Work time—complete reflection sheet

 

Whole class—share ideas     

     

3:30 – 4:00 Turn in copy of reflection sheet

 

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Coming this Fall 2015

Transforming America: America in the Gilded Age (Date to be announced soon)

Other offerings this fall will be Essentials Exploration and a Special Topics workhop focused on WWII