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  • 1. Abraham Lincoln
    Kelsey Zehr
    Education 357.002
    Professor David Sandrick
  • 2. Indicators
    Chronological Thinking, Historical Comprehension, Analysis and Interpretation, Research: Distinguish between fact and fiction in historical accounts by comparing documentary sources on historical figures and events with fictional characters and events in stories.
    Example: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) and Harriet Tubman
  • 3. Definitions
    • Slavery – Slavery is involuntary servitude, whether enforced by violence or by other methods.
    • 4. Civil War – A war between regions in the same country. From 1861 to 1865, the war fought between eleven states of the South and the rest of the nation. The North’s victory resulted in restoring the unity of all the states and ending slavery.
    • 5. Confederacy – Group of 11 Southern states that seceded from the United States in 1860–61.
    • 6. Union – The northern states during the Civil War which remained with the original United States government.
    • 7. Secede – To formally leave or withdraw
    • 8. North – The free states north of Maryland and the Ohio River, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.
    • 9. South – The slaveholding states, including Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.
    • 10. Emancipation Proclamation – The statement, or proclamation, issued by President Lincoln, declaring that all slaves in the states still fighting for the Confederacy would become officially free on January 1, 1863.
    • 11. Fort Sumter – The U.S. fort in Charleston Harbor that was fired on by Confederate cannons in April 1861, marking the beginning of the Civil War.
  • Background Information
    Birthday: February 12, 1809
    Birthplace: Hardin County, Kentucky
    College or University: none
    Religion: Presbyterian (never joined any church)
    Occupation or Profession: Clerk, Store Owner, Military, Lawyer
    Military Rank: Captain
    Married: (November 4, 1842) Mary Todd
    Children: Robert Todd Lincoln, Edward Baker Lincoln, William Wallace
    Lincoln, Thomas Lincoln. Three sons predeceased Abraham.
    President number: 16
    Political Party: Republican
    Runner Up: Stephen A. Douglas - George B. McClellan
    Vice Presidents: Hannibal Hamlin - Andrew Johnson
    Age at Inauguration: 52
    Served: 1861-1865
    Number of terms : 2
    Other Offices or Commissions: House of Representatives (Illinois - 1847-1849), State Legislature (Illinois 1834-1842), Postmaster of New Salem, Illinois
    Died: April 15, 1865
    Age at Death: 56
    Place of Burial: Springfield, Illinois
  • 12. Activities
    First, I will read the books Abes’s Honest Words by Doreen Rappaport and Young Abe Lincoln: The Frontier Days by Cheryl Harness to the class.
    Abe’s Honest Words
    By: Doreen Rappaport
    Young Abe Lincoln
    By: Cheryl Harness
  • 13. Activities Cont’d
    • Next I will I ask the students to choose their favorite event from President Abraham Lincoln’s life.
    • 14. I will ask them to consider which episode or incident moved, touched, or influenced them the most.
    • 15. I will ask them to think about what feelings were awakened by the various events and situations in the books about Abraham Lincoln’s life.
  • Activities Cont’d
    • I would then ask my students to write about the event from Abraham Lincoln’s life that means the most to them. It could be any event for any reason. It could be because the student has experienced something similar or it could be that they have never heard of anything like that happening before. It could be because they just simply find it interesting, or for any other reason they could think of. They will write these answers on the hat worksheet shown on the left and will share their answers with the students at their table when they are finished.
  • Activities Cont’d
    • After giving the students plenty of time to share their work with each other, I would pass out a word search (from for them to complete while I read them another book called Abraham Lincoln: Sixteenth Presidentby Mike Venezia.
    • 16. After they have completed the worksheet and the story is complete, we will go over the word search as a class.
  • Activities Cont’d
    • For the final activity, I will have students use the sheet to the left (provided from to write about the events that have shaped their lives and made them the students, children, brother, sisters, and citizens they are today. They can feel free to write about anything that they feel is significant to their lives. It could be that their family had to move, or a pet passed away. It could be a fight with a parent or sibling, or an argument with a friend. Anything that the students feel has shaped their lives is what they should write about, no matter how large or small they feel it is.
  • Resources
    • 17.
    • 18. Abraham Lincoln. Retrieved from on September 18, 2009.
    • 19. Biography of Abraham Lincoln. Retrieved from on September 18, 2009.
    • 20. Rappaport, Doreen. Abe’s Honest Words. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Hyperion Books, 2008.
    • 21. King, David C. American Kids in History: Civil War Days. Jon Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1999.
    • 22. Herbert, Janis. Abraham Lincoln for Kids. Chicago Review Press, 2007.
    • 23. Venezia, Mike. Abraham Lincoln: Sixteenth President. Children’s Press, 2005.
    • 24. Carter, Alden L. The Civil War. Franklin Watts, 1992.
    • 25. Anderson, Dale. The Causes of the Civil War. World Almanac Library, 2004.
    • 26. Stefoff, Rebecca. The Civil War: 1861-1863. Benchmark Books, 2003.
    • 27. Harness, Cheryl. Young Abe Lincoln: The Frontier Days. National Geographic, 2002.