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The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Timeline
  • Mind Map
  • Character Map
  • Poster

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln

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The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln

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Teacher Guide

The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Review the following information or have students complete a research project:

  • Childhood: Born in Hardin County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809
  • Education: No formal education
  • Early Career: Elected to Illinois State Legislature in 1834 & Member of U.S. House of Representatives from 1847-49
  • Nickname: Honest Abe, The Rail Splitter, Great Emancipator
  • Political Party: Republican
  • Presidential Term: 16th President - Began March 4, 1861 (age 52 years 2 weeks) and served until assassinated 4 years 1 month later
  • Death: Assassination by John Wilkes Booth on April 15, 1865 (age 56 years old)
  • Presidential Accomplishment and Historical Events:
    • Civil War
    • Emancipation Proclamation
    • Fort Sumter
    • Greenbacks
    • Morrill Tariff
    • 10% Plan
    • Income Tax
    • Suspends Habeus Corpus
    • Ex Parte Merryman

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What do you already know about the President or the historical context of his Presidency?
  • In your opinion, what is this President most well known for?
  • What would you like to know about the President?
  • How could you learn more about the President?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Timeline
    Childhood & Early Career

    Complete after class discussion or research project.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Presidential Achievements

    Complete after class discussion or research project.

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  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Complete after class discussion or research project.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline of every major event during the President’s term.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Campaign Poster to convince voters to vote for this President.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What political beliefs did the President express during his presidential campaign or presidency?
  • In your opinion, what was the President’s most important action or accomplishment?
  • In your opinion, what was the President’s most significant flaw or mistake?
  • What makes this President unique or different than other Presidents?
  • In your opinion, how is this President similar and different to current Presidential candidates?
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Pixton Activity: The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln 1 Childhood & Early Career

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Timeline

Intro

Review the President's childhood and early career during an opening discussion, or have students complete a research project.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Timeline to illustrate at least four events or circumstances of the President’s life or career BEFORE they became President:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln 2 Presidential Achievements

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the historical events or accomplishments during the President’s term during an opening discussion, or have students complete a research project.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four historical events or accomplishments during the President’s term:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln 3 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Review the President's political party, political beliefs, age and famous quotes during an opening discussion, or have students complete a research project.

Instructions

Create a Character Map to illustrate the President’s political party, political beliefs, age and famous quotes:

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character's accomplishments.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
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