Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. While the speech is extremely short—just 267 words—Lincoln used the opportunity both to honor the sacrifice of the soldiers and to remind American citizens of the necessity of continuing to fight the Civil War. The Gettysburg Address stands as a masterpiece of persuasive rhetoric.
Looking for a way to talk about the historical anniversary? Try one of the activities on the ReadWriteThink calendar entry, use the new Word Mover mobile app to compose found poetry with the words of the Gettysburg Address, or ask students to make cards for historical figures who would be involved in the event with the Trading Cards Mobile App or Trading Cards Creator Interactive.
Find other timely ReadWriteThink calendar entries and classroom materials below.
- Will you be in Las Vegas for NCTE’s Convention 2012? Attend these sessions that feature ReadWriteThink authors.
- Our newest mobile app, Word Mover, takes poetry on the road. Download it now and create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works.
- Are you a member of the Reading & Language Arts group in the Thinkfinity Community? Join us!
- Have you tried the Trading Cards Mobile App (for Grades 3–8)? Once you’ve checked the app out, please tell us how you use it with students and leave us a review on the iTunes site.
- Gather your team. Dream up your idea. Design your app. Win big! It's the @VerizonGiving Innovative App Challenge.
- Looking for ways to Mentor Readers of Science and Technical Texts and meet the Common Core Standards? Join us at our webinar on November 15.
- Plan your Thanksgiving Day unit now with these resources from ReadWriteThink.
From the Calendar
- November 12: Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States today. Students write biographical poems about a soldier. (For grades 3–12)
- November 12: Get ready for Bullying Awareness Week! Students create a poster to enter into a poster contest that educates others about issues surrounding bullying. (For grades 1–12)
- November 15: The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean in 1805. Students look at Kenneth Holder’s paintings of the Lewis and Clark trail and transform their notes into a descriptive paragraph as if they were a member of the expedition. (For grades 7–12)
- Later in November, find lesson plans and activities on Louisa May Alcott, Jonathan Swift, Thanksgiving, and more!
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[Photo: Cemetery Hill by Woody H1, on Flickr]