An Interview with President Lincoln

What would you ask Abraham Lincoln if you had the chance? Class members draft interview questions for the 16th U.S. President, and imagine what his responses would be.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have kids design a Civil War era newspaper, complete with updates from the war, advertisements of the time, and pictures they find online, and include the interview with Abraham Lincoln on the front page
  • Brainstorm questions as a class, and pair class members to interview each other, with one learner role-playing of Abraham Lincoln
  • Use as a short writing prompt or warm-up assignment during your Civil War unit
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed for younger learners, but you could use the assignment with older students and with more advanced extension activities
  • Offers an answer key, but it only clarifies that answers are learners' choice
  • Header of the worksheet is in color, but printing in black and white shouldn't affect understanding
Pros

  • A great way to commemorate President's Day
  • Encourages learners to use their research and creativity in one assignment
Cons

  • None
Common Core