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A Question, Mr. Lincoln!

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Summary

Students will use interviewing skills to gather information. Students will describe key events in Lincoln’s life.

Coin Type(s)

  • Cent

Coin Program(s)

  • Lincoln Bicentennial Cents

Objectives

Students will use interviewing skills to gather information. Students will describe key events in Lincoln’s life.

Major Subject Area Connections

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies

Grades

  • Second grade
  • Third grade

Class Time

Sessions: Five
Session Length: 30-45 minutes
Total Length: 151-500 minutes

Groupings

  • Whole group
  • Small groups
  • Pairs
  • Individual work

Background Knowledge

Students should have a basic knowledge of:

  • President
  • Sequencing

Terms and Concepts

  • One-cent coin
  • Obverse (front)
  • Reverse (back)
  • Interview

Materials

  • 1 overhead projector (optional)
  • 1 overhead transparency or photocopy of the “2009 Lincoln Cent Reverses” page
  • Copies of each of the following:
    • “Ask Me” worksheet
    • “Meet Mr. Lincoln” worksheet
    • “A Question, Mr. Lincoln!” worksheet
    • “2009 Lincoln Cent Reverses” page
    • “Role Play Plan and Rubric”
    • “As Mr. Lincoln Might Say…” worksheet
  • 1 class map of the United States
  • 1 copy of a text that gives information about Abraham Lincoln, such as:
    • A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln by David Adler
    • Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer, Leader, Legend by Justine & Ron Fontes
  • Various texts about Abraham Lincoln
  • Computers with Internet access
  • Chart paper
  • Pencils and paper
  • Construction paper (11x14)
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Yarn

Preparations

  • Make an overhead transparency (or photocopy) of the "2009 Lincoln Cent Reverses"page
  • Make copies of each of the following:
    • "Ask Me" worksheet (1 per student)
    • "Meet Mr. Lincoln" worksheet (1 per student)
    • "A Question, Mr. Lincoln!" worksheet (1 per student)
    • "2009 Lincoln Cent Reverses" page (1 per group)
    • "Role Play Plan and Rubric" (1 per student)
    • "As Mr. Lincoln Might Say…" worksheet (1 per student)
  •  Locate a text that gives information about Abraham Lincoln (see examples under "Materials") for the reading in session 1.
  • Gather pictures showing various stages of Abraham Lincoln’s life for Session 1.
  • Reserve the computer lab for one session.
  • Bookmark Internet sites that contain general information about Abraham Lincoln.
  • Gather various texts about Abraham Lincoln to use in sessions 3 and 4.

Worksheets and Files

Lesson plan, worksheet(s), and rubric (if any) at www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/pdf/137.pdf.

Session 1

  1. Create a K-W-L chart on chart paper. As a class, discuss the facts and information the students already know about Abraham Lincoln. Record the students’ responses in the "K" column of the chart.
  2. Introduce the students to the selected text about Abraham Lincoln. As a group, preview the text.
  3. Read the text. During the reading, attend to any unfamiliar vocabulary and concepts. Discuss and chart any new information the students learn about Abraham Lincoln during the reading. After concluding the text, review the new information about Abraham Lincoln. Explain to the students that they will be doing further research about the life of Abraham Lincoln.
  4. Describe the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Program. Tell the students that the United States Mint will recognize the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and the 100th anniversary of the production of the Lincoln cent by issuing four different one-cent coins in 2009. If necessary, add the definition of the word "bi-centennial" to the chart paper. Tell the students that the back of a coin is called the reverse, and "obverse" is another name for the front. While the obverse will con-tinue to bear the likeness of President Lincoln currently on the penny, the reverse will change to bear four different designs, each representing a different period in Abraham Lincoln’s life. The four periods are:
    • Birth and early childhood in Kentucky (1809–1816)
    • Formative years in Indiana (1816–1830)
    • Professional life in Illinois (1830–1861)
    • Presidency in Washington, DC (1861–1865)
  5. Display the "2009 Lincoln Cent Reverses" overhead transparency or photocopy. Ask the students why they think the periods depicted are important to Lincoln’s life and why they think these periods were chosen to be on the coin.
  6. Review the K-W-L chart and add student questions to the "W" column of the chart in the form of questions they might ask Lincoln in an interview.
  7. Distribute a "Meet Mr. Lincoln" worksheet to each of the students and explain how to use it. Allow the students time to complete the worksheet.
  8. Review and collect the worksheets.

Session 2

  1. Display the "2009 Lincoln Cent Reverses" transparency and the K-W-L chart from session 1. Review the images and the chart with the students.
  2. After reviewing their "W" questions for Abraham Lincoln, tell the students that asking someone questions to learn more about a person (usually to report later) is called an interview. Interview questions are usually about one specific topic and worded to encourage detailed answers.
  3. Divide the class into pairs, making each student either a "1" or a "2." Explain to the students that they will take turns interviewing and being interviewed by their part-ner. Distribute an "Ask Me" worksheet to each student. Explain that the topic of the interviews will be the student’s family.
  4. Have the "1"students interview the "2" students and note the responses on the "Ask Me" worksheet. After a sufficient amount of time, have the pairs change roles.
  5. Discuss the interviews. Remind the students that an interview is usually about one specific topic. Ask the students what other topics they would like to learn more about and who they could interview to find the answers.
  6. Display the K-W-L chart. Review the student questions for Abraham Lincoln in the "W" column and the "Lincoln Cent Redesign Reverses" overhead transparency.
  7. Divide the class into 4 groups. Distribute a "2009 Lincoln Cent Reverses" page and an "A Question, Mr. Lincoln!" worksheet to each group.
  8. Assign one of the four images to each group and ask them to circle on their work-sheets the image they have been assigned. Review the meaning of each of the im-ages with the students.
  9. Explain to the students that they will think of questions they would ask Abraham Lincoln if they had the chance. They need to create 4 to 6 questions focusing on the period of Lincoln’s life that their image represents and record them on the left side of the "A Question, Mr. Lincoln!" worksheet.
  10. Allow the students sufficient time to complete the worksheet.
  11. As a class, review each group’s questions. Collect the worksheets.

Sessions 3 and 4

  1. Display the K-W-L chart and review the material from the previous sessions. Display the "2009 Lincoln Cent Reverses" overhead transparency or photocopy.
  2. Review the each image and the significance those periods represent in Lincoln’s life.
  3. Redistribute the worksheets from Session 2.
  4. Explain to the students that they will be going to the computer lab to find the answers to their questions. Remind the students that they will need to record their answers in the second column of the "A Question, Mr. Lincoln!" worksheet.
  5. The students will share their findings through a role play. Each group will be interviewing "Abraham Lincoln" (played by one of the students in the group.)
  6. Distribute a "Role Play Plan and Rubric" to each of the students. Display both worksheets and review the directions and content for both.
  7. Have the students assign roles and complete the "Role Play Plan" worksheet.
  8. Take the students to the computer lab and allow them sufficient time to find the answers to their questions and complete their worksheets. If possible, allow the group to split up and have some students look through texts about Abraham Lincoln for their answers.
  9. Once the groups have completed the "A Question, Mr. Lincoln!" worksheet, allow them time to work on their role plays.
  10. Collect the students’ worksheets.

Session 5

  1. Redistribute the students’ worksheets from the previous sessions.
  2. Have the students perform their role plays for the class. Remind the class that they will need the information given in the role plays later.
  3. After each group presents, ask what city was connected with that group’s period of Lincoln’s life. Mark that city on a classroom map and connect the cities (in chronological order) with yarn to show the path his life took.
  4. After all the groups have presented, distribute an "As Mr. Lincoln Might Say…" worksheet to each student. Explain to the students that they will write 4 journal entries, one for each phase of Lincoln’s life, based on the one-cent coin designs and the groups’ presentations. Model a journal entry for the first period (Lincoln’s birth and boyhood) for the students.
  5. Review the directions with the students, reminding them that they are writing the entry not as themselves, but as if they were Abraham Lincoln. Allow them time to write their entries.
  6. Collect the students’ worksheets.
  7. Review the K-W-L chart and add to the "L" column of the chart.
  8. Invite students to share some of their journal entries. Display the journal entries and map in the classroom.

Differentiated Learning Options

  • Allow students to record the information using a scribe.
  • Provide the students with pictures to help with journal entries.
  • Allow the students to work in pairs for the journal entries.

Enrichments/Extensions

  • Have students visit www.whitehouse.gov for additional information about the presidents.
  • Have students perform their role plays for another class.
  • Have students research quotes by Abraham Lincoln and create a quote collage.
  • Have students create a scrapbook depicting the life of Abraham Lincoln using facts and pictures.
  • Use the students' worksheets and class participation to evaluate whether they have met the lesson objectives.
  • Assess students' role plays and journal entries for understanding of the life of Abraham Lincoln.
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Grade(s): Grade 2
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    • Use reflexive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves)
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Domain: L.3 Language
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Cluster: Conventions of Standard English
Standards:

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Domain: RL.3 Reading: Informational Text
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Cluster: Craft and Structure
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Cluster: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
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  • W.2.7. Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
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Domain: W.2 Writing
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Production and Distribution of Writing
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Domain: W.3 Writing
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Cluster: Production and Distribution of Writing
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