This packet contains a vocabulary and written comprehension packet with answer key, group discussion questions with possible answers, and three extension activities that can be used during and after the story. These activities were inspired by the book Lincoln’s Grave Robbers written by Steve Skeinkin.
The vocabulary and written comprehension packet is divided up into each individual chapter. For the vocabulary section, students will first use context clues in the story to determine the meaning of the word. The page number that the word appears on is listed after each word. Students will then look up the meaning of each word. The definitions provided in the answer key came from www.dictionary.com. Students will write in complete sentences to answer each of the comprehension questions. Some of the questions that are in the packet will ask the students to infer, imply, talk about the plot of the story, and discuss the theme of the story.
The group discussion questions are different questions than the questions included in the written comprehension packet. Page numbers are listed after each question as stopping points to have students stop and discuss the questions.
There are also three extension activities that can be completed during the story.
1. Counterfeiting has played a large part of America’s history. Research a picture of money, coin or paper, from the Civil War era. Create your own counterfeit money, coney. Write a paragraph describing how you would have created the coney if you lived in that time period. Look back in chapter 3 for assistance.
2. Create a map of Lincoln’s tomb. Using the map, describe how you would either break into the tomb to steal Lincoln’s body or how you would protect Lincoln’s body.
3. Imagine that you were a journalist that was inside Lincoln’s tomb at the time of the robbery. Write a newspaper article about your experience.