Teach PA History
The Gettysburg Address: An American Treasure
What to Know
Teaching Time
Three Class Periods
Grade Level
Middle School
  • Civics and Government
  • Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • History
Historical Period
  • Civil War and Reconstruction - 1856-1876
Students will find evidence of the ideals expressed in the Gettysburg Address and in other Lincoln speeches, letters, and Republican Party statements. In a persuasive speech, they will borrow one or more of the ideals Lincoln used in the Gettysburg Address and then apply those thoughts to the current political, social and/or economic realities of the 21st century.


Students will: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts expressed in the Gettysburg Address. 2. Categorize the concepts and political ideals presented in the Gettysburg Address. 3. Use effective research skills to locate political ideals in other primary sources created by Abraham Lincoln. 4. Apply conceptual information found in Lincoln's writings to create a persuasive speech on a current topic. 5. Demonstrate that they can work effectively with others.

Standards Alignment

  • Civics and Government

    5.1.9. M. Interpret the impact of famous speeches and writings on civic life.

  • History

    8.1.9. B. Analyze and interpret historical sources.
    8.1.9. D. Analyze and interpret historical research using primary sources.

  • Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

    1.4.8. C. Write persuasive pieces.
    1.6.8. C. Speak using skills appropriate to formal speech situations.

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