This biography explores the life of a great historical hero - Abraham Lincoln. Includes comprehension questions, activities, graphic organizer that analyzes character traits. Addresses core standards.
This carefully crafted biography of a modern-day hero, Abraham Lincoln, is perfect for 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade students. Students will engage in comprehension activities such using text evidence, context clues, making inferences, answering literal questions. The rich biography and questioning strategies help students improve important reading comprehension skills. Full answer key and graphic organizer are included.
The article is written on 4th grade reading level (9 and 10 years old) but can be used with younger or older kids as determined by their skill level. The activities are great for whole group, small group, individuals, centers, and homework applications. Pages in the packet can be printed either in color or grayscale with good results. These activities are effective as a homeschool or summer reading resource.
Questions and Topics Addressed in this Resource
Abraham Lincoln was civil rights activist, lawyer, and sixteenth president of the United States. This article takes kids on a short journey through Abraham Lincoln's life. It covers his birth in Kentucky in 1809 and through his rough childhood. His mother died when he was young and he was raised by his step-mother. She encouraged Abraham to read. Abraham Lincoln became a great speaker and story teller. He was so popular with other people, that when war broke out with the Native Americans, Lincoln was elected to be a captain. After the Black Hawk War, Lincoln went into politics and he became a lawyer. Slavery was a hot topic and divided the country. Some felt it was wrong but others relied on slavery for their livelihoods. Lincoln believed all people had the right to liberty and he ran for the U.S. senate and eventually won the presidency. But many worried that Lincoln would try to stop slavery. Southern states decided to break away from the U.S. and that started the Civil War which was the biggest challenge Lincoln would face. He stopped the war by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation which freed the southern slaves - which weakened the south and strengthened the north. Eventually, the thirteenth Amendment was passed which banned slavery. Some were not happy with that outcome. Abraham Lincoln died in 1865. He was shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth.
Other effective and motivating comprehension resources are available through Rick's Resources as follows:
Reading Comprehension Warm-Ups
Reading Comprehension Historical Heroes
Founding Fathers Reading Comprehension
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