A Close Reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address provides the text for a series of close reading exercises that model for instructors how carefully crafted guiding questions can help readers think critically about what they read, thus developing college and career-ready skills.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Conclude the close reading exercises with either a YouTube video of the speech or of a performance by a class member
Classroom Considerations

  • The provided text of the speech leaves little room for notetaking
Pros

  • The 30-page packet includes a rationale for the close reading approach used, a copy of the speech, detailed plans, guiding questions, a vocabulary list, as well as suggestions for additional activities for both language arts and social studies classes
Cons

  • None