This story won first place in the Saturday Writer’s 2020 Anything for Children short fiction contest.
After President Lincoln’s death, Booth fled to ignominy and the nation united in grief. Immerse your students in those events with this scripted reading.
No event in our history was more important or more traumatic than the assassination of President Lincoln. By adding several fictional characters and some dialog to the events historians have detailed, I’ve created what I hope is a dynamic narrative for you and your students.
I’ve found scripted readings to be powerful teaching tools. You may use this one as it’s written, or subdivide it further. I’ve found it quite dramatic to use alternating narrators. Changing voices at an important line can be very effective. Also, some of the parts might be assigned to a chorus of several students or the whole class. Doing this allows challenged readers to participate without pressure. Also - if you have a group that’s dramatically inclined - you might take them on the road. Have them read for other classes, or take them into the office and read for the principal. The Flesch-Kincaid reading level of this script is 3.3. Its Flesch Reading ease score is 84%.
I’ve also created vocabulary and reading comprehension activities to enhance and accompany Booth Shot President Lincoln. You’ll recognize both the cooperative learning and reciprocal teaching techniques incorporated in the activities.
If you and your students enjoy this story, you might be interested in my YA Civil War novel . I taught U.S History for many years and was frustrated by the narrow stories related by texts. There were no women, no freed slaves, no ordinary people of any sort. I found other sources, especially Norman Yetman’s , to use with my students. These other stories pushed me into writing about the War’s last year and telling about it through the words and experiences of Almira, Lulu and others. Here’s a Kindle link for : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C4ZH1VU