Re-visit Photo Analysis (before proceeding to Gettysburg Address)

Re-visit Photo Analysis (before proceeding to Gettysburg Address)

Review the 1865 photo of Lincoln (from earlier Engaging Scenario):

Lincoln 1965

Photo by Alexander Gardner (February 1865)
Library of Congress:

Quick Write: “What do you think now?" This can be a quick think-pair share out with partner.

Gettysburg Address (1863):

Summary: This is a eulogy, words of praise for those who died in Civil War battle, and how their death is reason for a United States of America forward, and that the cry of those who died—liberty for all—must be honored.

Students listen to Johnny Cash rendition of the address, viewing the accompanying video found on YouTube. Students are provided printed version so they can read along (not included). After viewing video, teacher asks students to open up their history textbook to the text of The Declaration of Independence. (Revolutionary War and Foundations of Government units have been completed prior to this lesson, so this is concept review)

Students hear the address a second time, but now with new focus making historical connections to the Declaration. Students should write down one to three connections in their notebooks as they listen to the address for the second time. Students share out in full class discussion with teacher guidance.

Second Inaugural Address (1964):


Lincoln offers an olive branch to the South promising no punishment will befall the losing side, even though, he says, those fighting to end slavery had God on their side.

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

Review and Add to Timeline (Handout 2):

Lincoln Speeches Timeline

Extension - Revisiting Questions for Inquiry:

Students refer back to their timeline and the attached quotes/summaries. Students will complete a graphic organizer in which they recognize the main focus of each speech by matching the main idea to the title and date of the speech. Final extension will be to select one of the original inquiry questions to answer using two quotes from one of the speeches.

Graphic organizer: handout 5 graphic organizer
Writing assignment: Handout 4