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Ken Burns’ “The Address”

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Preview Greenwood School in Vermont holds a contest every year: reciting the Gettysburg Address

Help your students feel closer than ever to the “Gettysburg Address,” one of the most famous speeches in American history!

Ken Burns’s documentary "The Address" follows students from Vermont’s Greenwood School as they uncover the meaning behind President Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg. Use this PBS LearningMeida collection based on the series to explore the history of the Civil War and the significance of Lincoln’s famous speech with your class. The collection features an overview of the war as well as videos of celebrity recitations, including those from Stephen Colbert, Gabby Giffords and Bill Gates.

There is also an accompanying lesson plan that encourages student involvement to develop their understanding of the rich concepts and meaning behind Lincoln’s words. EXPLORE:


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