“Four score and seven years ago…”
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, have your class join a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the famous speech. Then, on April 15, tune in for the premiere of The Address on PBS, a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns that tells the story of the Greenwood School, a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, where the students are encouraged to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address each year. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.
To get your students motivated, use videos from PBS LearningMedia’s Learn the Address collection from WETA, showing everyone from President Obama to Taylor Swift to Bill Gates to Elmo reciting those now infamous words. And it doesn’t stop there. The recordings housed in this collection will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the power of history and take the challenge to learn the address. This collection is sure to have your students coming back for more! (Grades K-12) http://ow.ly/vjoSZ