Lesson Nine: What is the Historical Significance of Gettysburg?

Lesson Plan:

Students first examine the significance of the battle at Gettysburg as a turning point in the war and then prepare for and participate in a Socratic Seminar on Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address that engages them in analyzing the issues, ideas, and values of this significant historical speech.

Teacher Resources:

PowerPoint slide show -

All images in this PowerPoint courtesy of the National Archives – www.archives.gov

4A: Discussion Norms and Phrases


9.1: Gettysburg Address

9.2: Seminar "ticket"

Lesson Resources:

The National Archives' "Our Documents" site on the Gettysburg Address

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