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Notes for
Abraham Lincoln's "The Gettysburg Address"
Ex AK * G4; IG5 L3.1.2

      I have often argued that an understanding of the structure of sentences depends on students understanding, in detail, a few concepts. Analyzing the clauses in "The Gettysburg Address" will probably give you a headache, but I doubt that you will find any grammar text that will enable you to analyze this text as well as the KISS Approach does. If you use this text with students, perhaps the two most important things to concentrate on are meaning and style. What does the text mean, and how does the sentence structure support that meaning? Stylistically, this text is loaded with parallel constructions.
     I have numbered the paragraphs. You may want to assign just one, or just one at a time.