Students will be looking at the executive role of President Lincoln during his terms as President. They will be grouped in pairs working through an internet site and answering questions as they go. They will look at primary sources as well as reading a secondary source online.
District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met:
Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)
Standard 2: The course and character of the Civil War and its effects on the American people
The course and character of the Civil War and its effects on the American people.
The student understands how the resources of the Union and Confederacy affected the course of the war.
Kansas State Standards:
History Standard: The student uses a working knowledge and understanding of significant individuals, groups, ideas, events, eras, and developments in the history of Kansas, the United States, and the world, utilizing essential analytical and research skills.
Benchmark 5: The student engages in historical thinking skills.
High School Knowledge and/or Application Indicators High School Instructional Suggestions
1. (A) analyzes a theme in world history to explain patterns of continuity and change over time.
2. (A) develops historical questions on a specific topic in world history and analyzes the evidence in primary source documents to speculate on the answers.
3. (A) uses primary and secondary sources about an event in world history to develop a credible interpretation of the event, forming conclusions about its meaning (e.g., use provided primary and secondary sources tro interpret a historical-based conclusion.)
computers with internet access
Full description of activity or assignment.
Students will work in groups of two and look at the internet site, Abraham Lincoln and Executive Power, Center for Civic Education http://new.civiced.org/resources/curriculum/lincoln. As they work through this site, they will click on the above mentioned primary sources and examine each of them. As they read the secondary material they will be responsible for answering questions to turn in relating to the article and the primary sources.
Students will be assessed on completion of answers and answers given to the questions assigned. A follow-up classroom discussion will be conducted to check for understanding of the assignment.