EDWARD EVERETT, "
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, "GETTYSBURG ADDRESS" (19 NOVEMBER 1963): †
TEACHING AND LEARNING MATERIALS
A. Edward Everett quotes a number of ancient Greek writers.
B. Some have said that ceremonial speaking, also known as
epideictic, changed after
C. Everett was the featured speaker at
D. First, read Ronald Reaganís speech about the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster. Compare and contrast Reaganís speech with the speeches of Everett and Lincoln. Obtain a copy of the video of the speech. How is the speech enhanced or harmed by watching Reagan speak?
E. How is the Civil War talked about in
A. Lincolnís speech has been hailed as one of the most
important and greatest speeches in American history. What did
B. What was the immediate reaction to the battle at
C. Think of another great speech in American history. What was the immediate effect of that speech? Go to the library and find two newspaper accounts from the day after the speech was given. Did the newspaper say that the speech was great?
E. Write two short speeches for a ceremonial event (e.g., a
dedication of a building, a funeral, etc.). Write the first speech in a style
A. America is one of many countries that engaged in a civil war. Find another country that has engaged in a civil war since 2000. Write a fact sheet that collects the basic information about this war, such as who is fighting, how it started, what they are fighting for, and if there is a plan for peace from the two sides or from an outside group.
B. The Confederate flag was the symbol of the southern army. Some states have this flag as part of their state flag. Read about this issue and write a 400 word statement about your position on the contemporary use of the Confederate flag.
C. One of the core issues of the Civil War was slavery. Some have suggested that all descendents of slaves should receive reparations. Think of two arguments in favor of this action and two arguments against it. With a classmate take opposite sides and discuss the issue. Try to support your arguments and refute your opponentís argument.
D. There are organizations that seek to educate young people today about the aims of the Confederacy. One group is the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Visit their website at http://www.hqudc.org/. Navigate their website. What is the stated purpose of this organization? How do they interpret their purpose in contemporary terms?
E. Search the Web for other organizations that are dedicated
to memorializing the Civil War or the preservation of documents from that