This unit of study is taught over a 5 day period. Students engage in taking notes, highlighting and comparing and contrasting information about Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama.
The foundation of this unit is to provide students a deeper understanding of our history and the impact of history on today’s culture.
Day 1: Introduce Abraham Lincoln. Read aloud a book on Lincoln. Students break off into teams and read the fact sheets about Lincoln. Two have been provided (low and high). They high light key pieces of text then come back together and share out. Everyone takes notes while the teacher charts the information.
Day 2: Repeat Day 1 but with Barack Obama
Day 3: Students compare and contrast Lincoln and Obama from their fact sheets and notes. To increase the rigor, I divide the class into teams of 4 and give them each 2 facts not directly presented in their text or read alouds. Each fact belongs to a specific President. They must discuss who it belongs to and why, citing evidence from additional resources provided such as Time for Kids, etc. To increase student engagement, students have Lincoln and Obama heads on sticks and the facts are prewritten on cards. Students vote as I read the facts aloud and we place on a giant venn diagram. After completing the venn diagram students write two sentences comparing and two sentences contrasting the Presidents.
Day 4: Students use their completed venn diagrams, fact sheets and notes to write an essay comparing and contrasting the Presidents.
Day 5: students publish their essays on the computer or paper using publishing techniques.
All lessons are common core aligned.
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