The 16th President Learning Activities

MASTER TABLE OF CONTENTS

Compiled by Howard Taylor

Introduction

CHAPTER ONE: EARLY LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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Topics

 

1.  Frontier life and illiteracy

 

2.  Daniel Boone, The Northwest Territory and Ordinance of 1787

 

 

3.  Lincoln Family Genealogy Project/Family Tree Project

 

4.  The Pioneer Farm If you lived with the Thomas Lincoln Family Activity

 

5.  Pioneer Travel:  How the Lincoln family traveled into Illinois, 1830

 

6.  Abraham moves to New Salem

7. Abraham’s many careers at New Salem

 

 

8.  Abraham moves to Springfield/ meets and marries Mary Todd

 

9.  The Lincoln family pageant

 

 

8.  Abraham Lincoln, lawyer (Lincoln’s Hat Activity)

 

9.  Lincoln the Politician 1840’s-1850’s

10.  Lincoln-Douglas Debates, 1858

 

  CHAPTER TWO:  LINCOLN THE PRESIDENT & THE CIVIL WAR

1.  Slavery

 

2.  Lincoln and Secession

 

3.  Lincoln's Cabinet

 

4.  Life in Washington D.C.:  The Lincolns move to Washington D.C.

 

5.  Lincolns in the White House

 

6.  President Lincoln and His Generals

 

7.  Questions about Lincoln and the Civil War: by category for trivia pursuits or scavenger hunts

 

8.  People who influenced the President Puzzle

 

9.  The People and the President (How he treated people)  “Thistle Picking”  questions

 

10.  Lincoln's Politics: introduction

 

11.  The Founding Fathers:  the basis of Lincoln’s political philosophy and Republicanism

 

12.  Great Speeches by President Lincoln

 

13.  The Gettysburg Address introduction

 

14.  Civil War Technologies: PART ONE

 

15.  Civil War Life (of the people of the north and south)

 

16.  The War Room (President Lincoln’s center of operation)

 

17.  On the Battlefield:  Lincoln’s commanders in the field  

 

18.  Emancipation Proclamation: introduction from the Lehrman Institute on-line

 

19.  The Medal of Honor:  Using the Medal of Honor A-Z Civil War listing website for information

 

20.  The War Ends: Surrender at Appomattox

 

21.  Civil War (the first modern war)

 

22.  The President’s Assassination

23.  Lincoln and His Navy

 

24.  Seeing the Real Lincoln through art, casts, and images:  introduction

 

CHAPTER THREE:  MORE ABOUT LINCOLN THE PRESIDENT & THE CIVIL WAR

 

 

1.  Abraham Lincoln, student of war

 

 

2.  The Great Generals of the Civil War from West Point

 

 

 

3.  Great Battles lost and won

 

 

4.  Statistics on Casualties

 

 

5.  Frederick Douglass & Black Soldiers of the Civil War

 

 

 

6.  The Air Balloon for spying

 

 

7.  The United States Military Railroad System: the first railroad war

 

 

8.  Allan Pinkerton, America’s First Private Eye; Union spies during the Civil War

 

 

9.  Finding the lost copy of the Gettysburg Address Treasure Hunt

 

 

 

10.  President Lincoln Leads the War

 

 

11.  The Higher Moral Ground:  Questions for consideration

 

 

12.  Lincoln and his command

 

 

13.  Civil War politics and the President

 

 

14.  Lincoln’s plan for Reconstruction;  Andrew Johnson’s plan for Reconstruction

 

15.  Reading Abraham Lincoln’s Writing:  It’s your turn now   (from primary sources in original handwriting)  Gettysburg Address; Acceptance Speech; the Emancipation Proclamation

 

 

 

16.  Hail to the Chief Project:  Comparing Presidents:  Which president do you think was or is best?

 

 

 

17.  Lincoln and Abolitionism (Hodges’ letter from the Library of Congress

 

 

 

18.  America’s White House:  Before and after the 16th President:  Student job and comparison chart

 

 

 

19.  The Great Locomotive Chase Resource and Activity

 

 

20.  America’s First Ladies:  a learning activity     Guidelines and challenge questions

 

 

 

21.  Mt. Rushmore Memorial and Gutzon Borglum Learning Activity

 

 

 

22.  Stone Mountain, Georgia Confederate Memorial

 

 

 

23.  Lincolns bits and Pieces from his famous speeches

 

 

 

24.  Lincoln Readings, the Springfield Years

 

 

 

25.  Slavery in the South

   

 

 

26.  The Ironclads and the Navy during the Civil War

 

27.  Great Readings Project:  The Lincoln's at Springfield "12" Short Bio's by Many Sources

 

28.  Great Reading Project: Lincoln Readings Pre-Presidential Puzzle

 

29.  Great Reading Project:  Fort Sumter Battle Readings Puzzle

 

29.  Great Reading Project: 21 Great Battles of the Civil War Readings Puzzle

 

30.  Great Reading Project: Abraham Lincoln's Story in His Own Words

 

31.  16th President Activity- Comparing the Armies of the North and the South and Generals Grant and Lee

 

 

32.  Chivalry in Civil War Military, including Southern Culture and  Mosby's Raiders

 

 

33.  Abraham Lincoln/ The Civil War Trivia Puzzle with Questions to Answer

 

 

34.  Lincoln Penny Trivia Puzzle

 

 

35.   Ironclad Gunboat Learning Site

 

36.  Abraham Lincoln's Political Life Resources and Activity

 

 

 

37. Abraham Lincoln Stories:  Analysis Reading Activity

 

38.  Admiral James Buchanon, CSS and Rear Admiral David Farragut: Comparison and Contrast

 

39.  Great Generals and Admirals of the Civil War: Questions and Answers

 

40.  Brevet Officers of the Union and Maj. General George Armstrong Custer

 

 

41.   Commodore David Dixon Porter

"GREAT HOAX AT VICKSBURG" AND ‘Infernal Machines"

 

 

42.  Steamboats in America and the Civil War

"Steel & Steam" & "Disaster of the Sultana"

 

 

CHAPTER FOUR: TRAVEL THE LINCOLN HERITAGE TRAIL

 

Introduction-- The Lincoln Heritage Trail

  1.  Abraham Lincoln’s Journey in Life Begins: Sinking Spring and Knob Creek Farms, Kentucky
  2.  The Lincolns move to Indiana, 1816
 

3.  The Lincolns move to Illinois, 1830

 

 

4.  Thomas and Sarah Lincoln move to Coles County

 

 

5.  Abraham Lincoln moves to New Salem

 

 

6.  Abraham Lincoln moves to Springfield, Illinois

 

 

7.  Abraham and Mary move to Washington D.C. (Congressional seat)

 

 

8.  Abraham Lincoln elected President; visits Step-mother at the Matilda (Tildy) Moore Home in Farmington

President-elect visits step-mother at Farmington before leaving for Washington D.C.   See and read about this in the Coles County Virtual Fieldtrip Section,  pages

 

 

9.  Lincoln family moves to Washington D.C.

 

 

10.  President Lincoln assassinated at Ford Theater

 

 

11.  The body of the President and son Willy return to Springfield, several funeral ceremonies along train route

 

 

12.  The President buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery,  Springfield

 

 

13.  Lincoln’s Tomb as it is now

 

  CHAPTER FIVE:  VISITING COLES COUNTY, ILLINOIS FOR LINCOLN TOPICS

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A VIRTUAL TRIP OF COLES COUNTY LINCOLN-RELATED SITES   ON-LINE MAP OF SPOTS

 

 

 

1.  The trip through Coles County:  The Lincolns, Hanks and Johnston’s

 

 

 

 

2.  The Old Charleston Cemetery (pioneer cemetery)

 

 

 

 

3.  Thomas Lincoln Farms

 

 

 

4.  The Matilda "Tildy" Moore House

 

 

 

 

5.  Dr. Rutherford home (Oakland) & the Matson Slave Trial

 

 

 

 

6.  The site of the Coles County Courthouse

 

 

 

 

7.  The site of the 1850’s Railroad Depot

 

 

 

 

8.  The site of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate, 1858 & the Museum

 

 

 

 

9.  The Thomas Marshall House (Jackson Street, Charleston, Illinois); a part of the Lincoln lore of Charleston

 

 

 

 

10.  The site of the Capitol House Hotel on the square

 

 

 

 

11.  Gordon Cemetery & Shiloh Cemetery, gravestones of Thomas and Sarah Lincoln and relatives

 

 

 

 

12.  The site of the Charleston Riot (Union soldiers and Copperheads) during the Civil War

 

 

 

 

13.  Plaque and site honoring Colonel U.S. Grant mustering the Illinois Volunteers for the Civil War

 

 

 

 

14.  Site of the original railroad depot and the Essex House Hotel (same facility) used by Lincoln in travels to Charleston

 

 

 

 

15.  Five Mile House, oldest structure in Coles County, maybe visited by Lincoln      Also called “Jug House”

 

 

Conclusion

 

The Lincoln connection and folklore is strong in Coles County, Illinois

 

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