Abraham Lincoln
Created by Brenda Zion
EDU134, Spring 2010
for Advanced ESL Students

Introduction| Task | Process |EvaluationConclusion | Resources | Teacher's Notes   

Introduction

You are an advanced ESL student ready to transition to GED classes.  Now is your chance to show yourself that you are ready for the next level.   You are going to be thinking about Abraham Lincoln.  Lincoln is a historical figure known for his leadership.  Imagine what President Lincoln would have accomplished if he had not been assassinated.

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The Task

In this project you will practice research skills, plotting information on a timeline, and using this information to imagine and describe an accomplishment of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States if he had not died.

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The Process

  1. First you will begin by researching the accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln.  Take notes of his accomplishments.  Here are a few links.  Feel free to find other links.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln

http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/abrahamlincoln

http://www.alplm.org/

http://www.historyplace.com/lincoln/

  1. Next you will research how many years President Lincoln could have stayed in office.  Be thinking about how many more years President Lincoln might have been in office.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_long_is_a_term_of_office_for_a_US_President

  1. You will create a timeline of Lincolnís life including the additional accomplishment that you are going to add to his life story. Plot the accomplishments of Lincoln on a timeline. 

http://www.microsoft.com/education/timelinesword.mspx

http://dohistory.org/on_your_own/toolkit/timeline.html

https://www.microsoft.com/Education/CreateTimeline.aspx

  1. Using what you know about Lincolnís life, you will imagine and create one more accomplishment that you believe he would have accomplished and add it to the timeline.

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Resources/Materials

The Process section has links for you to explore.  Feel free to find more links.  Make a note of mentors or supporters that you sought out for helpóa friend, a child, a volunteer.

Evaluation

 

Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Exemplary

4

Score

 

Research

2 or less points are noted.

3 points are noted.

4 points are noted.

5 or more points are noted.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline is not in chronological order. (Dates do not start at earliest and end at latest.)

Timeline is in chronological order.  (Earliest at left, latest at right.)

Timeline is in chronological order and accurate.  (Dates of points are correctly identified.)

Timeline is chronological, accurate and neatly presented with even spacing to reflect passage of time.

 

 

Using Information

 

Imagined event is unsupported.

Timing of imagined event is realistic within presidential term limits.

Imagined event shows understanding of term limits and Lincolnís life (has to do with slavery, civil war, etc.).

Imagined event shows understanding of term limits and Lincolnís life and is supported with a reference to research.

 

Conclusion

When you finish this project, you will have researched the life of Abraham Lincoln, used that information to imagine what Lincoln might have accomplished and then plotted the information on a timeline.  You will have thought about whom your resources are and you will remember to use them as you take your GED classes.  Learn to ask for help as you start a higher level of classes. Congratulations!  You can do it!

Teacher Notes

Since this is introducing high level ESL students to a next level of learning, it is okay to do some hand-holding and guiding.  Feel free to give students tips on how to research and how to document that research.  You might encourage them to put one point each on a note card, etc.  Any guidance on how to search and record information.  Also, if using Excel or Word, consider making the plotting of a timeline a class project having the student bring their research and then teaching them how to use Excel to present the information.  Use your discretion based on your studentsí skill levels.

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