Learning Lincoln On-line


A Webquest:  "Living with the Thomas Lincoln Family Activity"

...Based the stories of Dennis Hanks, 2nd Cousin of Abraham Lincoln, who lived with the Lincolns until after entering Illinois


    The Thomas and Nancy Lincoln family was composed of the parents, Sarah, Abraham and later Dennis Hanks, cousin.  Thomas Lincoln died at birth.  The family grieved the loss of baby Thomas before leaving their home in Kentucky.
    In this activity students will read from three books and then use some Internet sites to figure out what life was like in the time of Abraham Lincoln as a young boy and man.


    Using a combination of print books, and selected websites on the Hot list, students will  compile information in a special Notepad (Click Here to get a copy).  A simple "acknowledgement of source" format will be used on the form, to help students learn to give credit to sources at an early age.  The teacher should stress "not copying" but "re-writing" from source material.

    Teachers may want to do this on-line project with small groups.  Be sure to have a heterogeneous group of ability, with a job for all members.  One member of the group could be the recorder of information, another the "Internet Specialist," another head "artist."  You can invent your own group jobs.

    The Thomas Lincoln Family Project is planned for students to enter back into the time of being a pioneer child, and learn about the things a child back then would do and have.  The students will hopefully gain a deep respect and knowledge of how tough life was in pioneer life.  Secondly, they will gain an understanding of the life of Abraham Lincoln as a child and young man.


    Each individual or group should end up with a technology (computer/software) generated product in which the information gained from the research can be displayed and reported.  Here are some suggestions that would be really nice:

  • Student or Group word processor created book with computer images from the Internet, original art scanned.  The text can be typed in the word processor, images attached, and printed.
  • Student or Group computer based presentation.
  • Student or Group dioramas produced with some computer printed images, original art, found objects-- but with information gained from the Internet and the books
  • A class play (real actors or puppets), written and produced by the students with information gained from their research


Read Dr. Charles Coleman's, Abraham Lincoln in Coles County, Scarecrow Press, New Brunswick, N.J., 1955. Click here for the e-book version

Ann McGovern, ". . .If You Grew Up With Abraham Lincoln"  Illustrated by George Ulrich, Scholastic, Inc. 1992, ISBN 0-500-45154-5

Lloyd Ostendorf, "Abraham Lincoln The Boy The Man" Illustrated by Lloyd Ostendorf, Phillip H. Wagner, Publisher, Wagner Office Systems, 2800-2 S. 6th St. 62703 1962

Amy L. Cohn & Suzy Schmidt, "Abraham Lincoln" Pictures by David A. Johnson  Scholastic Press, N.Y.  ISBN 0-590-93566-6

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"In Lincoln's Time" Family Activity Page

The Lincoln Family Webquest

Lincolns Journey to Illinois Home Page

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