Assignment: Write the Gettysburg Address.

Assignment #13, Ms. Gordimer, Third-Period American History

The Gettysburg Address is one of the best-known speeches in American history. It was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War on Nov. 19, 1863. In just over two minutes, President Lincoln reiterated principles from the Declaration of Independence and redefined the Civil War as a struggle not for the Union, but for the principle of human equality. And you're going to rewrite it.


1. Read the Gettysburg Address (PDF) to yourself. Read it aloud. Listen to it delivered by President Lincoln on Nov. 19, 1863, at Gettysburg in this video:

2. Use the text of the Gettysburg Address to look for and identify repeated words and concepts (i.e., past tense, new things, negation, life, death).

3. Identify goals of your own speech, based on the original address. What points is Lincoln trying to drive home? What does he want you to walk away thinking? Your speech should do the same things.

4. Write your version in 250-350 words. Hit the same points as Lincoln's address. You can use metaphors, repetition, allusion. But no quotes! All content should be your original words. Check for grammar and spelling too.

5. Create a new Tackk, format it according to class standards and paste in your version of the Gettysburg address. Double-check that it's TAGGED with Gordimer and Gettysburg Address and History (YOUR PERIOD NUMBER).

EXTRA CREDIT: Deliver it! Record yourself delivering your version of the Gettysburg Address. You can dress up as old-school Abe Lincoln or what you think he'd look like today. Make it a song, rap it, sign it. Embed your video in your Tackk at the bottom, below the written text.