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.
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:
RESOURCE PRINT and e-BOOK:
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