Students will enjoy learning about Abraham Lincoln's life and legacy! At the end of the Lincoln biography unit, students will write and publish a biography about Lincoln’s Early Life, Early Career, Presidency, the Civil War, and his Legacy.
NOTE: The teacher will need to provide books about Abraham Lincoln in order to best engage students. While the printables in this unit are print & go ready, students will need discussion and access to print materials with rich text and pictures in order to best understand Lincoln’s life and legacy.
I have included a page with recommended books at the end of the unit.
Included in this unit:
Word Wall Words
These key words will be used by students as they learn about Abraham Lincoln. They will explain how these words are important to his life and legacy. Using the Word Wall Words, students will be able to organize their biography of Lincoln.
Independently or with the teacher, students complete a KWL chart, noting what they Know, Want to know, and what they’ve Learned.
assassinate, slavery, emancipate, politician, the union, civil war, surrender
1. Dictionary definition and write words into a sentence
2. Matching word to definition
3. Using context clues to fill in the missing words in nonfiction text
4. Word search
Prewriting & Brainstorming Printable
1. All About Abe
Students write how given Word Wall Words are significant to Lincoln’s life. (ex: civil war: A civil war is a fight between two groups in the same country or nation. During Lincoln’s presidency, there was a civil war between the northern and southern states.)
2. Bubble Writing
Students write about key events in Lincoln’s life.
Students cut and paste important events onto the timeline provided.
Is that a Fact?
Students cut and paste true and false facts into the appropriate columns. Then, students write 2 true facts and create 2 false facts.
Students use this sheet to take notes about Lincoln’s Early Life, Early Career, Presidency, the Civil War, and his Legacy.
Cover Art and Hat-Shaped Booklet Pages
Students can choose between two cover pages. One page has a realistic Abraham Lincoln. The other is a less-realistic, more “cute” drawing.
The Booklet pages and Cover pages are in the shape of Lincoln’s hat. Students use these pages as their publishing pages for the final drafts of their biography writing.
In order to better relate to and understand Abraham Lincoln, students read famous quotes by Lincoln and respond to the prompts.
I’ve included a list of my favorite books about Abraham Lincoln. They are all relatively easy to find. Many are picture books because students of ALL ages benefit from high quality picture books. Also included are some text-rich books from which to pull information, as well as chapter books for interested students.