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Four Score and Seven Years Ago: Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, and Identity

45 min

Walk-In-The-Shoes Questions
As you read, imagine you are the protagonist.

  • What challenges are you facing?
  • What fears or concerns might you have?
  • What may prevent you from acting in the way you ought?

Observation Questions

  • How was Lincoln’s identity reflected in this episode of his life?
  • What was Lincoln’s purpose for delivering the Gettysburg Address?

Discussion Questions
Discuss the following questions with your students.

  • Discuss the following questions with your students.
  • What is the historical context of the narrative?
  • What historical circumstances presented a challenge to the protagonist?
  • How and why did the individual exhibit a moral and/or civic virtue in facing and overcoming the challenge?
  • How did the exercise of the virtue benefit civil society?
  • How might exercise of the virtue benefit the protagonist?
  • What might the exercise of the virtue cost the protagonist?
  • Would you react the same under similar circumstances? Why or why not?
  • How can you act similarly in your own life? What obstacles must you overcome in order to do so?
  • Students will read a narrative about Abraham Lincoln and the writing and recitation of the Gettysburg Address.
  • Students will analyze the significance of the Address as related to identity and equality.
  • Students will apply their knowledge of identity and equality to their own lives.
  • Students will help to protect freedom for themselves and others through identity and equality.

Student Handouts