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Celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

tengrrl Posted by tengrrl in Reading & Language Arts on Feb 9, 2012 12:47:22 AM

Lincoln memorial at night.If you’re looking for some activities to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday this weekend, want some material for your Presidents Day unit, or simply thinking ahead on activities for a Civil War unit, this post is for you. I’ve gathered materials on the ReadWriteThink site that fit three broad categories:


  • Resources focused directly on Abraham Lincoln
  • Biographical and historical materials you can use with Lincoln (or any famous person)
  • Family activities that relate to Lincoln


The materials range from mini-lessons to complete units and cross the grade levels. So read on, and celebrate the president known as The Great Emancipator.


Focused on Lincoln

  • Myth and Truth: The Gettysburg Address
    By exploring myths and truths surrounding Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, secondary students think critically about commonly believed stories regarding this famous speech from the Civil War era.

  • Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863
    This calendar entry includes links to related resources and a classroom activity that has students practice the Pre-AP strategy called SOAPSTone, identifying important parts of the Gettysburg Address and comparing it with John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech.

  • Abraham Lincoln establishes  Thanksgiving Day
    The classroom activity in this calendar entry focuses on the letter writing campaign of Sarah Hale and on Lincoln’s role in establishing Thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November.

  • Engaging Students in a Collaborative Exploration of the Gettysburg Address
    In small groups, elementary students closely examine one sentence from the Gettysburg Address and create a multigenre project communicating what they have discovered about the meaning and significance of the text.

  • Celebrate Juneteenth!
    Sure, it’s still February, but you can still talk about  Juneteenth, a celebration of the day in 1865 that word of Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves, made its way to the state of Texas

  • Thinkfinity’s Abraham Lincoln Collection
    Find more resources for teaching about Abraham Lincoln in this Thinkfinity collection, which draws on resources from all Thinkfinity partners.

Biographies and History

Family Activities


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—Traci Gardner



[Photo: Lincoln memorial at night. by rjv541, on Flickr]


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