Learning Lincoln On-line

CONTENTS SET A:

Learning Like Abe:  Reading, Writing and Ciphering: Starting the Activity

Starting the Activity

Go to the Questions Page and answer them.
Use this Resource Page to find answers
THEN, WORK ON THESE LEARNING ACTIVITIES:


Welcome to the Thomas Lincoln Cabin, 1819 in Spencer County, Indiana

       You are a guest of the Thomas and Sarah Lincoln Family. They welcome you to share a little school work with their son, Abraham.   Thomas will allow Abe a little free time to do his school work.  Sarah is very happy you interested in doing this book learning with her step-son.

        The school work you will do will be Reading, Writing and Ciphering to the Rule of Three, and some other things Abe liked to do.  Think back to when Abe was about 10 years of age, and that . . .    "Abe's (Abraham Lincoln's sister taught him and encouraged him to write. When he got tired of doing arithmetic, he would write poems.  Cousin Dennis Hanks claim to have taught him his abc's.
        During the 19th century in pioneer America, children were sometimes sent to school by one of the local "wizzards" who could read, write and cipher.  They were the "teachers" of young people in their log cabin school houses, getting paid with eggs, produce, meat, and whatever the pioneer parents could come up with. 
        The profession of teacher was one of being the only educated person in a whole area, and getting students on a seasonal basis, usually during the winter, when crops and outside work would stop. 
        Abe Lincoln attended school for a sum of one year.  One source described that year as equal to a 6th grade education.   
        Many years later Abraham wrote about how hard it was to find a school teacher. If a straggler supposed to understand Latin happened to sojourn in the neighborhood, he was looked upon as a wizzard.

        Since paper was hard to get, Abe sometimes wrote in the dust or snow. Abe had extremely good handwriting, so good, in fact that, neighbors would ask him to compose letters for them." He had to read in his log home "by the Light of the Fire."  This was the way it was in pioneer 19th Century Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.

GUIDE AND QUESTIONS TO FOLLOW
  • You are going to learn what life would be like if you lived in the Thomas Lincoln Family in the early 1800's.

 

  • Notice the old log cabin above with people standing out front and in the doorway.  This is Thomas Lincoln's cabin, and possible family members.

 

  • Life was really hard in those days, but things we have now were unknown.
  • Maybe the children in the Lincoln family--  Sarah, Abraham, and Dennis and now you, didn't think things were so hard.

 

JOB #1--  Do your Book Readings
Use one of the books listed in this activity and read either the whole book, or the pages listed.  From there, you will have an idea of what life was like with the Lincolns .
JOB #2-- 
Fill out your notepad form (See the Notepad below) about your identity as a member of the Thomas Lincoln Family.  If you are in a group, still use only one identity. 
JOB #3-- 
Fill out the form with answers you got from the books. 
JOB #4--
Use these Internet links and add to the form (s) you did for the books.  You should fill in more "new" information. 
JOB #5-- 
After completing the Information Form (s) you are to write a story about what it would be like to a member of the Thomas Lincoln family.  You can then take the story and turn it into a play.  This story should include all the information you gathered on your Form (s).  You can put your own opinions, and even make up a little story to include in the story.  Your teacher might have you make a computer presentation with your story.  If you are doing this on your own, without a teacher, you may make up book, presentation, or have your own puppet play or real-people play. 

Lincoln Family Notepad
Use the "Idea Headings" to help in organizing your information
The "In-Lincoln's Time:  Living with the Thomas Lincoln Family" Learning Activity
Make copies of as many pages as needed

 
Write Your Notes Here:
Log Cabin:
  

Food:
 

Chores for children:
 
 
Schooling:
 

Clothing:
 
 

Fun & Games:
 
 

Earning money:
 

Transportation:
 
 

Funerals in the family:
 

Farming:
  

Animals (Pets and Work Animals):  
 
 

Write where the information came from on this Notepad Page:
Book Title, Author, Page #:
 

Website Address or name of the source: 
 

 


OTHER LEARNING LINCOLN ON-LINE RESOURCES

LEARNING LIKE ABE HOME PAGE JOURNEY INTO ILLINOIS HOME PAGE

 

LEARNING LIKE ABE TEACHER PAGE
Let's write a poem for
Mrs. Lincoln

Let's Practice Read'n

Let's practice our Cipher'n
to the rule of Three

  LINCOLN FAMILY GENEALOGY

 

LEARNING TO SURVEY LAND
Making a Lincoln
Family Tree

Making a Lincoln
Journey Mural

Let's give a speech!

 

Lincoln Journey
 


Let's go to Blab School


LINCOLN'S CAREERS BEFORE PRESIDENT

LINCOLN'S FAMILY RESOURCES

Tommy Lincoln, Abraham and Sasrah's Little brother

Lincoln's Parents

 

At Home on the Prairie 1830's

 

Lincoln Timeline
Knob Creek

 

Sinking Spring (Abraham's Birthplace)
 

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