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Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address," which is available online, is used in the language activity presented here. Middle schoolers read through the text for comprehension. Then, they reread the first paragraph and identify all the words with positive, and negative, connotations. They list the words and phrases in a T-chart. Once they have completed the chart and listed all of the positive and negative words, they identify the column of words that have the greater emotion and impact. Finally, pupils write a summary of their thoughts on the word choices Lincoln made for the famous speech.