Abraham Lincoln and The Gettysburg Address

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The Angle, Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, PA
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Pat Henson via Compfight
The Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches in American history. It was given by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, on November 19, 1863. We read that this year was the 150th anniversary of the speech, so we decided to do some research about the speech to learn more about it. Here are some facts we learned:

  • The Gettysburg Address was given at the site of a Civil War battle which was fought July 1-3, 1863. They wanted to dedicate the field in memory of the people who died there.
  • President Lincoln was not the main speaker on that day. The main speech was given by Edward Everett, who spoke for two hours.
  • The Gettysburg Address took only about three minutes to deliver, and was about 272 words long.
  •  There are several hand-written versions of the speech with a few differences in wording. Because there was no video or sound recording back then, no one knows exactly what President Lincoln said on that day. We studied the version of the speech contained in the National Archives.

After we did a close reading of the speech, we tried to memorize parts of it. Almost all of us memorized the first sentence, which says:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

A group of us made a recording of the speech. We thought it was a good opportunity to try out our green screen for the first time this school year!

As we learned about the Gettysburg Address, we also researched information about the life of Abraham Lincoln. We were lucky enough to be able to borrow a Traveling Trunk from Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Park, in Kentucky. The trunk contained books, games, and reproductions of items Abraham Lincoln would have used during his life. We had a great time exploring the items in the trunk! Here are a few pictures:

The trunk contained replicas of clothing people in Lincoln's time would have worn.

The trunk contained replicas of clothing people in Lincoln’s time would have worn.

There was a set of Lincoln logs in the trunk, which we used to make a model log cabin.

There was a set of Lincoln logs in the trunk, which we used to make a model log cabin.

We learned how families like the Lincolns made “windows” for their log cabins using brown paper and oil. Can you see that the paper becomes translucent?

We learned how families like the Lincolns made “windows” for their log cabins using brown paper and oil. Can you see that the paper becomes translucent?

The trunk even contained a replica of Mr. Lincoln's stovepipe hat!

The trunk even contained a replica of Mr. Lincoln’s stovepipe hat!

What do you know about the leaders of your country?

7 Comments

  1. Ya! It was fun and easy to do! I want to do that again!

  2. Dear Mrs.Hamman,

    I love doing green screen with you! I wish we could do green screen more! Do you have to have a thing to do green screen?

    • All you need is a bright green surface and a program which has something called a “chromakey”. We used iMovie but there are other apps and software programs that would work too. I’m glad you had fun making the movie and learning the Gettysburg Address!

  3. My favorite part was when Wesley was in front of the statue.

  4. Hi Ms. Hamman my name is Matthew I really liked your post. I dont now that much about our countries leaders but I did just do a play in school about the Gettysburg Adress. I can’t wait to learn more about our leaders though in high school. Do you know how many presidents we have and if you do please tell me on my blog? http://Matthewdsblog.edublogs.org

  5. Dear Mrs.Hamman,

    We learned about Abraham Lincoln it was so cool! Also we learned about Martin Luther King Jr.

  6. Dear Mrs. Hamman,

    You guys must had a lot of fun. We did that but I don’t think
    we actually dressed up with the clothes. I’ll go onto my Teacher’s
    blog and check. I want to learn more about Abraham Lincoln. Did
    you know his son has the same birthday as me!? He has a different year
    but the same month and day. My birthday is on March 10th. His birthday
    is March 10th too. The son’s name is Edward Lincoln. When I saw that fact I was
    amazed! I told my teacher right away. I kept on thinking… when it’s my birthday, I wonder if were going to celebrate his birthday too. I can’t wait if were going
    to talk about Lincoln again.

    Your Friend,
    Kailey

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