Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with designs by James Daugherty

Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company

Publication Date: February 1, 2013

Recommended Grades: 5-8

This is an interesting pictorial depiction of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by James Daugherty. 

Lesson Idea:


Close Reading: Use Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in a study of speeches.  Pair it with I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with paintings by Kadir Nelson.  Use both books as scaffolds of close reading.  Students can use the pictures to find clues to analyze and gain a deeper understanding of the text. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address actually discusses each picture spread in the back of the book shedding more light on the clues found in the pictures.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

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I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Paintings by Kadir Nelson

Recommended Grades: 3-5

In the only picture book version of Dr. King’s speech in print, two-time Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson has illustrated its most iconic words with magnificent paintings.  The speech in its entirety is included in the back of the book.  This version also comes with an official recording from the March on Washington from August 28, 1963.

Lesson Idea:  


Analyzing Speeches:   Read aloud I Have a Dream (Book & CD).  Provide the text for students to read closely.  Have students use the pictures and words to analyze the meaning and nuances of King’s speech.

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