The Gettysburg Address


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The Gettysburg Address
By: Abraham Lincoln

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

What Do I Win?

  • Limousine Ride
  • Tour of the State House in Concord
  • Lunch at The Common Man Restaurant

There will be 12 total winners between both 5th grade classes

How Do I Win?

The Judges will score each recitation based on the following criteria:

  • Memorization: 50pts.  Ability to recite words without error (in correct order with none omitted, none added)
  • Diction: 20pts.  Speaking clearly, correctly pronouncing words, pausing for punctuation
  • Vocal Projection: 15pts.  Must be able to be heard from a distance of 15 feet
  • Posture: 15pts.  Stand up straight, hands at side or behind back, eye contact, confidence

Important Dates!

Contest Date: June 6, 2014

Winner's Field Trip: June 13, 2014

Memorial Day Assembly Recitation: May 27, 2014

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