The Thomas and Nancy Lincoln family was composed of the parents,
Sarah, Abraham and later Dennis Hanks, cousin. Thomas Lincoln died at
birth. The family grieved the loss of baby Thomas before leaving their
home in Kentucky.
Using a combination
of print books, and selected websites on the Hot list, students will
compile information in a special
Notepad. A simple "acknowledgement of source" format will be used on the
form, to help students learn to give credit to sources at an early age.
The teacher should stress "not copying" but "re-writing" from source material.
In this activity students will read
from three books and then use some Internet sites to figure out what life
was like in the time of Abraham Lincoln as a young boy and man.
Teachers may want to do this on-line
project with small groups. Be sure to have a heterogeneous group of
ability, with a job for all members. One member of the group could
be the recorder of information, another the "Internet Specialist," another
head "artist." You can invent your own group jobs.
The Thomas Lincoln Family Project
is planned for students to enter back into the time of being a pioneer child,
and learn about the things a child back then would do and have. The
students will hopefully gain a deep respect and knowledge of how tough life
was in pioneer life. Secondly, they will gain an understanding of
the life of Abraham Lincoln as a child and young man.
Each individual or group should end
up with a technology (computer/software) generated product in which the
information gained from the research can be displayed and reported.
Here are some suggestions that would be really nice:
RESOURCES: PRINT BOOKS
Ann McGovern, ". . .If You Grew
Up With Abraham Lincoln" Illustrated by George Ulrich, Scholastic,
Inc. 1992, ISBN 0-500-45154-5
- Student or Group word processor created book with
computer images from the Internet, original art scanned. The text
can be typed in the word processor, images attached, and printed.
- Student or Group computer based
- Student or Group dioramas produced with some computer
printed images, original art, found objects-- but with information gained
from the Internet and the books
- A class play (real actors or puppets), written and
produced by the students with information gained from their research
Lloyd Ostendorf, "Abraham Lincoln
The Boy The Man" Illustrated by Lloyd Ostendorf, Phillip H. Wagner,
Publisher, Wagner Office Systems, 2800-2 S. 6th St. 62703 1962
Amy L. Cohn & Suzy Schmidt,
"Abraham Lincoln" Pictures by David A. Johnson Scholastic Press,
N.Y. ISBN 0-590-93566-6