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Engaging Students in a Collaborative Exploration of the Gettysburg Address

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Engaging Students in a Collaborative Exploration of the Gettysburg Address

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Variety of Civil War and Gettysburg Address resources, including Websites and books

  • Writing Notebooks or Journals

  • LCD projector (optional)

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Multigenre Mapper

Grades   3 – 10  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Multigenre Mapper

This interactive invites students to create original multigenre, multimodal works--one drawing and three written texts--making the tool flexible for multiple writing activities.


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  • Assign students to be in groups, or allow time for them to select their own groups.

  • Make copies of the Gettysburg Address. Highlight one sentence on each copy so that each group has one sentence to look at, read, and learn more about.

  • Rewrite the Gettysburg Address on chart paper or on the board, so it is large, or use a poster if one is available.

  • Test the Multigenre Mapper on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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