Abraham Lincoln: Rhetor Extraordinaire

This project intricately inspects the idea of Abraham Lincoln as a master wordsmith and forces students to see the verse in Lincoln’s prose poems in his major Civil War speeches: students in groups of four take his paragraphs and convert them to stanzas, following the logic and flow of the clauses – the music of the words and cadence and rhythm. We convert the prose to verse and then back into prose, etc. Students make choices about

Then it ends with students making their own eulogies, a la The Gettysburg Address, with several years of creative and high-interest student examples.

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