The Address

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This month, PBS will premiere Ken Burns’s documentary "The Address" which follows the students of the Greenwood School as they uncover the meaning behind President Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg. Explore the history of the Civil War and the significance of the famous speech in the collection below, featuring an overview of the war, videos of celebrity recitations, and a lesson plan to encourage student involvement. Classrooms can now feel closer than ever to this historic moment.

  • Webinar: Lincoln's Words at Gettysburg

    Ken Burns’s documentary, "The Address" follows the students of the Greenwood School as they uncover the meaning behind President Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg. 

    Grades: 13+
  • Lesson Guide | The Address

    This lesson presents activities that help students gain a deeper understanding of the rich concepts and meaning in the Gettysburg Address.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Civil War Overview

    In this short history of the Civil War, we're given a look at the months leading up to November 1863, when Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gerrysburg Address.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Preview | The Address

    Greenwood School in Vermont holds a contest every year: reciting the Gettysburg Address

    Grades: 7-12
  • Stephen Colbert Recites the Gettysburg Address

    Watch Stephen Colbert recite the Gettysburg Address as part of Ken Burns' challenge to all Americans to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

    Grades: K-12
  • Randi Weingarten Recites the Gettysburg Address

    Watch Randi Weingarten recite the Gettysburg Address as part of Ken Burns' challenge to all Americans to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

    Grades: K-12
  • Ken Burns Recites the Gettysburg Address

    Watch Ken Burns recite the Gettysburg Address as part of his challenge to all Americans to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

    Grades: K-12
  • Gabby Gifford and Friends Recite the Gettysburg Address

    Watch Gabby Gifford and friends recite the Gettysburg Address as part of Ken Burns' challenge to all Americans to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

    Grades: K-12
  • Bill Gates Recites the Gettysburg Address

    Watch Bill Gates recite the Gettysburg Address as part of Ken Burns' challenge to all Americans to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

    Grades: K-12
  • Joan Ganz Cooney, Elmo, and Murray Recite the Gettysburg Address

    Watch Joan Ganz Cooney, Elmo, and Murray recite the Gettysburg Address as part of Ken Burns' challenge to all Americans to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

    Grades: K-12
  • Classroom Tips for Memorizing the Gettysburg Address

    To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, here are some tips for helping students, in school or at home, memorize the Address and join the national effort to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech. 

    Grades: K-12
  • The Gettysburg Address Mashup

    Watch President Barack Obama, Taylor Swift, Nancy Pelosi, Stephen Spielberg and more recite the Gettysburg Address as part of Ken Burns' challenge to all Americans to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

    Grades: K-12

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