Starting the Activity
Go to the Questions Page and answer them.
Use this Resource Page to find answers
THEN, WORK ON THESE LEARNING ACTIVITIES:
Welcome to the Thomas Lincoln Cabin,
1819 in Spencer County, Indiana
You are a
guest of the Thomas and Sarah Lincoln Family. They welcome you to share
a little school work with their son, Abraham. Thomas will allow Abe a
little free time to do his school work. Sarah is very happy you
interested in doing this book learning with her step-son.
The school work you will do will be
Reading, Writing and Ciphering to the Rule of Three, and some other
things Abe liked to do. Think back to when Abe was about 10 years of
age, and that . . . "Abe's (Abraham Lincoln's sister taught him and
encouraged him to write. When he got tired of doing arithmetic, he would
write poems. Cousin Dennis Hanks claim to have taught him his
During the 19th century in pioneer America, children were
sometimes sent to school by one of the local "wizzards" who could read,
write and cipher. They were the "teachers" of young people in their log
cabin school houses, getting paid with eggs, produce, meat, and whatever
the pioneer parents could come up with.
The profession of teacher was one of being the only educated
person in a whole area, and getting students on a seasonal basis,
usually during the winter, when crops and outside work would stop.
Abe Lincoln attended school for a sum of one year. One source
described that year as equal to a 6th grade education.
Many years later Abraham wrote about how hard it was to find a
school teacher. If a straggler supposed to understand Latin happened to
sojourn in the neighborhood, he was looked upon as a wizzard.
Since paper was hard to get, Abe
sometimes wrote in the dust or snow. Abe had extremely good handwriting,
so good, in fact that, neighbors would ask him to compose letters for
them." He had to read in his log home "by the Light of the Fire." This
was the way it was in pioneer 19th Century Kentucky, Indiana and
QUESTIONS TO FOLLOW
- You are
going to learn what life would be like if you lived
in the Thomas Lincoln Family in the early 1800's.
- Notice the
old log cabin above with people standing out front
and in the doorway. This is Thomas Lincoln's cabin,
and possible family members.
- Life was
really hard in those days, but things we have now
- Maybe the
children in the Lincoln family-- Sarah, Abraham,
and Dennis and now you, didn't think things were so
JOB #1-- Do your Book
Use one of the books listed in this activity and read
either the whole book, or the pages listed. From there,
you will have an idea of what life was like with the
Fill out your
notepad form (See the Notepad below) about your identity
as a member of the Thomas Lincoln Family. If you
are in a group, still use only one identity.
Fill out the form with answers you got from the
Use these Internet links and
add to the form (s) you did for the books. You should
fill in more "new" information.
After completing the Information Form (s) you are to
write a story about what it would be like to a member of
the Thomas Lincoln family. You can then take the story
and turn it into a play. This story should include all
the information you gathered on your Form (s). You can
put your own opinions, and even make up a little story
to include in the story. Your teacher might have you
make a computer presentation with your story. If you
are doing this on your own, without a teacher, you may
make up book, presentation, or have your own puppet play
or real-people play.
Use the "Idea Headings" to help in
organizing your information
"In-Lincoln's Time: Living with the Thomas Lincoln Family"
Make copies of as many
pages as needed
Fun & Games:
Animals (Pets and
Write where the information came from on this
Book Title, Author, Page #:
Website Address or
name of the source:
LEARNING LINCOLN ON-LINE RESOURCES
LINCOLN'S FAMILY RESOURCES
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