Activity Overview

Abraham Lincoln’s expertly crafted “Gettysburg Address” is poignant and direct. While its brevity is allows many to memorize it, the power of its words addresses the human sacrifices of war. This document has been studied and celebrated by historians and politicians alike for more than two hundred years.

Students can create a story that captures the details of “The Gettysburg Address”. For each cell, they will depict one of the following the following: setting, main idea, evidence strengthening main idea, perspective/beliefs, audience, and significance. The completed storyboard can be assessed for the depth of knowledge acquired by the student.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that evaluates the Gettysburg Address, examining the main idea, setting, evidence, perspective, and significance of the document.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label each title box with Main Idea, Setting, Evidence, Perspective, and Significance.
  3. Write a summary for each in the description box.
  4. In each cell, create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/6] Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/9] Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (e.g., Washington's Farewell Address, the Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt's Four Freedoms speech, King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"), including how they address related themes and concepts.


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