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Gettysburg Movie

Use period Civil War pictures to create a movie of the Gettysburg Address.


  • Students will know the causes and important events of the Civil War by reading and depicting the Gettysburg Address.
  • Students will create a movie that includes both sound and pictures by creating a movie of the Gettsyburg Address.


  • Divide the Gettysburg Address into enough parts that students can work in pairs.
  • Assign each part to a group to learn and memorize.
  • Record each group reciting their part with the video camera.
  • Import all of the clips into iMovie. Combine all of the clips and remove the video. Distribute this file to your students.
  • Have students choose pictures from a Civil War website to download and import into their movie. Students should have enough pictures so that if each picture lasts 8 seconds they last long enough to cover the sound.
  • Have students add the sound file to their movies.

Sunshine State Standards

  • LA.C.3.2.1
  • LA.D.2.2.5
  • SS.A.4.2.6
  • TH.E.1.2.2
  • VA.B.1.2.4

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Use general purpose productivity tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, remediate skill deficits, and facilitate learning throughout the curriculum.
  • Use technology tools (e.g., multimedia authoring, presentation, Web tools, digital cameras, scanners) for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities to create knowledge products for audiences inside and outside the classroom.
  • Use technology resources (e.g., calculators, data collection probes, videos, educational software) for problem solving, self-directed learning, and extended learning activities.
  • Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness, and bias of electronic information sources.


  • iMovie
  • Civil War pictures
  • Digital Camera
  • Gettysburg Address



  • Have students add music to their movie.
  • Put the movies on a website to show to their families at home.

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