Blogs tagged "gettysburg address"

Using Comic Books and Graphic Novels in ELA and Social Studies Classrooms

As Superheroes, a recent NEH-supported PBS program demonstrates, comic books and graphic novels are such integral parts of our culture that they have taken over our language and our television and film history. They also mirror the vast changes in American society and values over eight decades.Read More »
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150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: “A Few Well Chosen Remarks”

Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address
When Abraham Lincoln was invited in the fall of 1863 to speak at the dedication of a national cemetery on the site of a pivotal Union victory at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, it was not to give the main speech. That oration was delivered by Edward Everett, a Massachusetts statesman, vice-presidential candidate of the Constitutional Union Party in 1860, and the most famous orator of his day. Everett spoke to the crowd of 15,000 without notes for over two hours, giving an example of the kind of ornate, learned, and transcendentalist rhetoric that was expected at such ceremonies.Read More »
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The Declaration of Independence as a foundational document

"The Declaration Committee," 1876 lithograph print
One of the more thought provoking of the CCSS ELA standards, and yet the one that may give ELA teachers some anxiety is:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.9: Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features.Read More »
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