The summer challenge is complete! Thank you to all who participated and submitted videos. Please keep a look out for the challenge next summer!
This summer, we invited people to explore Lincoln’s words with us and submit a video of themselves speaking them. In Lincoln’s words, we discovered encouragement, inspiration, and a model for perseverance. We invite you to be encouraged by a few of the videos submitted.
To support participants in their interpretations of Lincoln’s words, we hosted workshops that examined six of Lincoln’s speeches. We started with Lincoln’s House Divided speech and ended with the Second Inaugural Address. The workshops established the historical context at the time of the speech and modeled how to do a close reading of the speech. Watch the workshop videos to learn more about the speeches, examine Lincoln’s oratorical style, and discover more about him as a leader.
Powerful oratory is a combination of choosing the right words and knowing how to deliver them. Use these resources to select your Lincoln speech, develop your understanding of it, and to polish your presentation.