To become familiar with the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, and the influence he had on the history of the United States during the Civil War period.
1 class period
Give each student a copy of pages 87A - 87E.
Choose three students to be Abraham Lincoln. Tell the three which one is the real Lincoln (answer shown in Teacher Instructions), but do not inform the other class members.
Pick twelve students to be panelists. They will each ask an assigned question. At the end of the game, these panelists and the other class members will vote for the person they think is the real Abraham Lincoln. After the voting has taken place, ask the students to give reasons for their choices. The real Lincoln will then be asked to step forward.
When the voting is taking place, ask the students to give reasons for their choice.
Once the TO TELL THE TRUTH game is finished, students will answer 10 true/false questions based on information they learned during game.
MY EXPERIENCE USING THIS LESSON
At the beginning of the period, when I ask for the three class members to volunteer to be Abraham Lincoln, almost every hand goes up. That happens because TO TELL THE TRUTH games are very popular. Several other TO TELL THE TRUTH games are available on Hernando Cortes, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.