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01-27-2017, 05:52 PM (This post was last modified: 01-27-2017 05:59 PM by brtmchl.)
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My Niece sent me this homework she was assigned to do in her fifth grade class. Ive copied and pasted the assignment below.

[u][b]Abraham Lincoln:Activating Schema

We are very lucky to be expecting some very special visitors next week: Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln! In order to prepare, please read the following document. If you had a chance tp have a conversation with this famous leader, what questions would you ask him? After you read, create 5 quality questions. These questions should be THICK, based off the FACTS in the document you have read.Your interview questions should prove that you have learned from the facts shared with you.


Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in Kentucky on February 12th 1809. As a boy Abraham was an active boy. He liked to work outside and would chop down trees. He was also an avid reader that loved to get his hands on a new book. He loved gaining new knowledge and loved going to school.

All of Abe’s hard work as a student payed off when he became a lawyer. He eventually ran in an election to be an Illinois State Legislature. He won and served the state of Illinois for 8 years!

Abe wasn’t, however, all about work. He fell in love with a woman named Mary Todd. The two of them were married in 1842 and had four children, but unfortunately only 2 survived childhood.

After serving the state of Illinois in Congress, Lincoln decided he wanted to make a difference in the country, too. He began giving many speeches and spoke out against slavery. He developed a reputation for being an honest man and a great story teller.

Years later, when the Kansas/Nebraska Act would have possibly allowed slavery to exist in new territories of the US, Lincoln knew he had to speak out against it. He became more and more outspoken, giving more speeches against slavery. Deep in his heart Abe knew slavery should be abolished.

In 1860, Lincoln ran for President as a member of the Republican party. When he won, 11 states in the southern region of the country decided they would no longer be a part of the United States of America because they disagreed with Lincoln’s belief that slavery was wrong. These southern states felt strongly that it was their right to own slaves. They needed the free help that slaves provided them to keep their huge farms and plantations up and running. Those eleven states would soon become known as the Confederacy or Confederate States.

The Civil War began and Lincoln had to figure out a way to put a broken country back together. After about a year and a half of fighting, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This freed all the slaves of the south and many of them joined the Union Army, or those fighting for the northern states who believe slavery was wrong.

After the Union Army won several important battles, including the Battle of Gettysburg, President Lincoln gave one of his most important and famous speeches. During the Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln honored all those fighting the war against slavery.

About 2 years after winning the war against slavery, President Lincoln lost his life. He was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth because Booth was mad that the south lost the war. The country, especially those in the northern states, mourned the loss of their fearless leader.

President Lincoln is remembered as a man who believed in fairness for all. He is honored and remembered with his picture on both the penny and the five dollar bill.

" Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the American Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian." - Henry Ford
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