Abraham Lincoln

Week 5: Abraham Lincoln


Read K – 3:

  1. Abraham Lincoln by Nest Animated Hero Classics OR
  2. A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln by David Adler OR
  3. Abe’s Honest Words by Doreen Rappaport OR
  4. Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer, President, Emancipator by Pamela Hill Nettleton

4 – 6: Meet Abraham Lincoln by Barbara Cary

7 – 8: Don’t Know Much About Abraham Lincoln by Kenneth C. Davis


  • How did the Civil War begin? (South fired on Fort Sumter. The Southern states joined together to start their own county and government. They weren’t happy that Lincoln was elected president.)
  • At first, what was Lincoln’s goal in winning the war? (to save the Union and democracy)
  • What was the Emancipation Proclamation? (Document that stated all slaves currently part of the Confederacy were free.)
  • Where did Lincoln give his most famous speech? (Gettysburg)
  • How did Lincoln die? (shot & killed)

Questions for grades 4 – 8:

  • Where was Lincoln born? (Kentucky)
  • Was this a slave or free state? (slave)
  • T/F Abraham Lincoln grew up in a wealthy family. (F)
  • How did Lincoln’s family feel about slavery? (didn’t like it)
  • What happened to Abraham’s mother when he was a boy? (died of milk sickness)
  • How did Abraham feel about his stepmother? (loved her)
  • What was Abe’s favorite hobby as a boy? (reading)
  • What did Abraham see on his trip to New Orleans that made a big impact on him? (slaves being sold)
  • Name some of Abe’s jobs. (store keeper, mailman, surveyor, lawyer, state representative, president)
  • What was Lincoln’s wife’s name? (Mary)
  • How many kids did Lincoln have? (4 boys)
  • Describe Lincoln’s relationship with his sons? (Loved to play with them)
  • Who was Stephen Douglass? (Man Lincoln ran against to be senator and then president; had many debates with him over the issue of slave states vs. free states)
  • How did Lincoln become famous? (speeches with Stephen Douglass about slavery)
  • What did the southern states call their new “country”? (Confederate States of America)
  • Why did the south win many battles? (much better generals)
  • What were some of Abraham’s nicknames? (Father Abraham, Honest Abe)
  • What happened to Abraham’s son, Willy? (died)
  • Why didn’t Abraham free all of the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation? (didn’t want four slave states to join the Confederacy)
  • How long did the War last? (4 years)
  • What was the war called? (Civil War)
  • What general began winning battles for the North? (Grant)
  • Who was the head of the Confederate army? (Robert E. Lee)
  • Where was Abraham shot? (in a theater)

Questions for grades 7 – 8:

  • Who was president of the Confederate states? (Jefferson Davis)
  • What were Abolitionists? (people who fought to abolish slavery)
  • Was Lincoln popular as president? (no)
  • How many times was Lincoln elected? (2)
  • Who killed Lincoln? (Actor John Wilkes Booth)
  • What happened to Mary Lincoln after he died? (started acting crazy)
  • How is Lincoln remembered officially today? (President’s day, penny, $5 bill, Mount Rushmore, Lincoln Memorial)
  • What famous African American supported Lincoln? (Frederick Douglass)

Activities: K – 2: Make Abraham Lincoln mask using black construction paper, a paper plate, and a Popsicle stick: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/246712885808844871/
(On the back of the hat, tape a white piece of paper and have students write 3 sentences telling 3 things they learned about Abraham Lincoln.
3 – 4: Complete this matching worksheet: http://gardenofpraise.com/pdf/matchlinco.pdf and this wordsearch: https://www.teachervision.com/tv/printables/TCR/0615_144.pdf
5 – 6: Write a short essay to answer the following questions: When Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, he only freed slaves in the Confederacy. Do you think the North would have won the war if he had freed all of the slaves? Do you think the border states would have stayed with the Union or switched to the Confederacy? Do you think this was the best decision to make in this situation?
7 – 8: Choose one of the following for a 5 paragraph, 3 proof essay topic:

  1. Abraham Lincoln, like presidents today, was criticized for many of his decisions. Describe some of the criticisms people had for Lincoln and his decisions at the time of his presidency.
  2. Do you believe Mary Lincoln was an asset to Abraham as president, or a detriment? Explain your answer.
  3. Do you believe Abraham Lincoln was a compassionate president? Explain your answer.

Copyright February 5th, 2015 by Gwen Fredette


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