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Check the glossary for all underlined words:

See if you can memorize the ten sentences and present to an audience

(1)Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this
(2)continent a new (3)nation, (4)conceived in (5)liberty and (6)dedicated to the (7)proposition that all men are (8)created equal.  Now we are (9)engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so (10)dedicated can long (11)endure.  We are met on a great battle field of that war.  We have come to dedicate a (12)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 thatwe should do this.  But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate - we can not (13)consecrate - we can not (14)hallow - this ground.  The brave men, living and dead, who (15)struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or (16)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 (17)nobly (18)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 (19)devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly (20)resolve that these dead shall not have died in (21)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 (22)perish from the earth.




1.  Fourscore--4 x 20=80 years;  a score is twenty years
2.  Continent-- one of seven great bodies of land
3.  Nation-- a country such as the United States
4.  Conceived-- thought of, invented by someone
5.  Liberty-- freedom as Americans enjoy
6.  Dedicated-- you truly believe in an idea or concept such as complete equality of all men
7.  Proposition-- an idea or suggestion
8.  Created-- made-up by someone's imagination or talent
9.  Engaged-- in the middle of doing something
10. Dedication (Dedicated)-- to show your personal respect for, to feel strongly about an idea or something such as the high respect of the dead soldiers at Gettysburg
11. Endure-- being able to last through trials and problems such as war
12.  Portion-- part of a whole thing or object

13.  Consecrate-- to bless or make  "special"
14.  Hallow-- make very "special"
15.  Struggled-- worked very hard and suffered to get the job done, such as fighting in the war
16.  Detract-- to make less important, or to try to change the subject
17.  Nobly-- at a high level of performance-- do your best
18.  Advanced-- made the effort or job end up much better than it started
19.  Devotion-- to show great respect for the soldiers that died in the Battle of Gettysburg
20.  Resolve-- our minds our made up, and we will make it work or end up right
21.  Vain-- a wasted effort, to give up your life for no reason
22.  Perish-- to die, as in the Battle of Gettysburg

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