This Primary Source Set is designed to help students analyze the Gettysburg Address and better understand the political and social attitudes in Northern and Southern states during the Civil War.
Target Grades & Subject(s): Grades 6-12; Social Studies/History
- Students will cite evidence from the Gettysburg Address to show the connection that Lincoln made between emancipation and preserving the Union. (CCSS. RH.1, RH.2)
- Students will analyze the tone and word choice of sources to understand why some Northerners criticized Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. (CCSS.RI.4)
- Students will understand how the Battle of Gettysburg changed the course of the Civil War. (CCSS. RH.1)
Before Teaching this Set
- Prior to analyzing the sources in this set, students should have some familiarity with the causes of the Civil War and key people during this time period (President Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, etc.).
- Remind students of the difference between primary and secondary sources.
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