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Gettysburg address

Practice reciting the Gettysburg Address visually, orally, and kinesthetically.

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Gettysburg address

  1. 1. The Gettysburg Address<br />By Abraham Lincoln<br />Presented November 19th, 1863<br />Gettysburg, Pennsylvania<br />
  2. 2. November 19, 1863<br />In July of 1863, a small town in Pennsylvania called Gettysburgwas the sight of a devastating battle.Those who gave their lives in this battle were honored through the establishment of a large cemetery. The cemetery was dedicated in November of that year.<br />A famous speaker named Edward Everett spoke for 2 hours. He compared the Union forces to the Roman and Greek heroes of old. He raised his voice and pounded the podium to emphasize his points. At last, he left the stage.<br />
  3. 3. November 19, 1863<br />Then, a tall, homely man rose from his seat. <br />He walked quietly to the podium, and spoke 272 words that Americans never forgot.<br />
  4. 4. Four score and seven years ago<br />our fathers brought forth<br />on this continent <br />a new nation,<br />Hold up 4 fingers, then 7 fingers<br />Do a soldier pose andhold hands out to give<br />Point to ground<br />Sign “U,” “S,” “A”<br />
  5. 5. Cross two arms with “L”s and swing them away from your bodyfor “liberty”<br />conceived in liberty, <br />and dedicated to the proposition <br />that all men are created equal.<br />Pound left fist into right hand, then right fist into left hand<br />Hold your pointer<br />fingers parallel to forman “equals” sign<br />
  6. 6. Now we are engaged<br />in a great civil war,<br />testing whether that nation,or any nation, <br />so conceived and so dedicated, <br />can long endure.<br />Pat chest with both palms<br />Draw imaginary sword<br />Stroke chin with hand<br />Pound left fist into right hand, then right fist into left hand<br />Take a deep breath<br />
  7. 7. We are met on a great battle-field of that war.<br />We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, <br />as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives<br />that that nation might live.<br />Stretch arms away from body to show the great field<br />Shape hands to showa small portion<br />Head on handsasif to sleep<br />Make giving motion with hands<br />Raise two “L”s up body to sign “live” <br />
  8. 8. Pull on imaginary overallstraps to show “fitting”<br />It is altogether fitting and proper thatwe should do this.<br />But, in a larger sense, <br />we cannot dedicate, <br />we cannot consecrate, <br />we cannot hallow this ground.<br />Make “okay” symbolwith hands<br />Move outstretchedfists toward ground<br />Move outstretchedpalms towardground<br />Circle outstretchedpalms aboveground<br />
  9. 9. The brave men, <br />living and dead, <br />who struggled here, <br />have consecrated it, <br />far above our poor power <br />to add or detract.<br />Pose as a brave man<br />Pretend to struggle<br />Move outstretchedpalms towardground<br />Make giving and taking motions with hands<br />
  10. 10. The world will little note,<br />nor long remember what we say here, <br />but it can never forget what they did here.<br />Tap head with <br />index finger<br />Stretch hands to show long<br />Shake head “no” andmake “never” motionwith arms and hands<br />
  11. 11. It is for us the living, <br />rather to be dedicated here <br />to the unfinished work <br />which they who fought here <br />have thus far so nobly advanced.<br />Point to self<br />Move outstretchedfists toward ground<br />Draw imaginary sword<br />Take a noblestep forward<br />
  12. 12. Move outstretchedfists towardground<br />It is rather for us to be here dedicated <br />to the great task remaining before us<br />—that from these honored deadwe take increased devotion <br />to the cause for which they gave <br />the last full measure of devotion <br />Show “greattask” with hands<br />Lay hands gentlyon heart<br />Motion arms downbody and bow head<br />
  13. 13. —that we here highly resolve <br />that these dead shall not <br />have died in vain<br />—that this nation, under God, <br />shall have a new birth of freedom<br />Point index finger to show a good idea<br />Shake head “no” and wipe hand away to show something didn’t work<br />Point up to heaven<br />Cross two arms with “f”s and swing them away from yourbody for “freedom”<br />
  14. 14. —and that this government<br />of the people, <br />by the people, <br />for the people <br />shall not perish from the earth.<br />Point to groundwith index fingersto show “this”<br />Count 1, 2, 3 on fingersas say each point<br />Shake head “no” andmake “never” motionwith arms and hands<br />