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Why Lincoln Grew A Beard: Common Core-Aligned Passage and Assessment

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Why did Abraham Lincoln grow a beard? Surprisingly, many children today are not aware of the wonderful story behind our 16th president's iconic whiskers. This resource helps you teach them this amazing story AND apply close reading skills to Common Core standards!

Students read an engaging two-page informational text on Abraham Lincoln and a young girl's letter that influenced his decision to grow a beard before the 1860 Presidential election. The text contains 500+ words and uses both primary and secondary sources (Please see the Preview).

After the reading there are nine multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank questions that require application of close reading skills to the text. At the end is a challenge question that can be used as a group activity in class, discussion starter, or as an investigation exercise at home. Answers provided.

Informational Text Standards

RI.5.1: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

RI.6.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RI.7.3: Analyze and explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical text based on specific information in the text.

History

RH.6-8.1: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

Do you need a full set of close reading informational text printables, including this one, in a bundle and at a discounted price? Have a look at my popular Common Core Informational Text collection, created to help busy teachers implement the ELA informational text standards in Grades 5-6! Twenty printables organized into easy-to-use collection.

Common Core Informational Text Assessments: Grades 5-6

This item is a PAID digital download from my TpT store. As such, it is for use in one classroom only. This item is also bound by copyright laws and redistributing, editing, selling, or posting this item (or any part thereof) on the Internet are all strictly prohibited without first gaining permission from the author. Violations are subject to the penalties of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Any claims of correlation or alignment to the Common Core State Standards are solely those of Mark Aaron and have not been evaluated or endorsed by the NGA. Mark Aaron is the sole creator of this product and does not claim endorsement or association with the creators of the CCSS.

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
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