Age 9-11: Concept 4 - Systems: Unit 2

Explore the life, decisions, and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Experience the world that he grew up in and the changes that he made through an intriguing photobiography. Analyze how Lincoln was treated by his contemporaries, who both agreed and disagreed with the policies he stood so staunchly behind. Examine Lincoln’s complex relationship with Frederick Douglass and the friendship that eventually developed between these two men. Along the way, learn how to use participles and appositives in your writing.

This unit can be used independently, but it is designed to be used concurrently with the social studies unit State Government and Economics.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Usually used by children in fifth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Who Was He?
  • Lesson 2: Childhood
  • Lesson 3: A Lawyer and Politician
  • Lesson 4: Slavery
  • Lesson 5: Emancipation (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Civil War (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Assassination
  • Lesson 8: Words and Memories
  • Final Project: Lincoln Showcase

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Create readable documents through legible handwriting or word processing. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in an interview. (Language Arts)
  • Describe the structural differences of various imaginative forms of writing. (Language Arts)
  • Distinguish between the speaker's opinion and verifiable fact. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and analyze a speaker's persuasive techniques such as promises, dares, and flattery. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and use appositives in writing. (Language Arts)
  • Identify structural patterns found in informational text. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret and evaluate the various ways visual image makers such as graphic artists, illustrators, and news photographers represent meanings. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret speakers' messages (both verbal and nonverbal), purposes, and perspectives. (Language Arts)
  • Locate the meanings, pronunciations, and derivations of unfamiliar words using dictionaries. (Language Arts)
  • Paraphrase and summarize text to recall, inform, and organize ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Present effective introductions and conclusions that guide and inform the listener's understanding of important ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Present information in various forms. (Language Arts)
  • Produce communications using technology or appropriate media such as developing a class newspaper. (Language Arts)
  • Produce research projects and reports in effective formats using visuals to support meaning, as appropriate. (Language Arts)
  • Raise questions in response to text. (Language Arts)
  • Read for varied purposes such as to be informed, to be entertained, to appreciate the writer's craft, and to discover models for the reader's own writing. (Language Arts)
  • Refine selected pieces frequently to "publish" for general and specific audiences. (Language Arts)
  • Represent information in text in a variety of formats. (Language Arts)
  • Represent text using a timeline. (Language Arts)
  • Support judgments through references to both the text and prior knowledge. (Language Arts)
  • Use available technology to support aspects of creating, revising, editing, and publishing texts. (Language Arts)
  • Use details, examples, anecdotes, or experiences to explain or clarify information. (Language Arts)
  • Use multiple reference aids - including a thesaurus, a synonym finder, a dictionary, and software - to clarify meanings and usage. (Language Arts)
  • Use oral and written language to interview a person. (Language Arts)
  • Use oral, written, and visual information to research and understand how individuals have had an impact on individuals, their community and their nation. (SS) (Language Arts)
  • Use participle phrases correctly in sentences. (Language Arts)
  • Use participle phrases to combine short sentences. (Language Arts)
  • Use volume, pitch, phrasing, pace, modulation, and gestures appropriately to enhance meaning. (Language Arts)
  • Describe the impact the Civil War had on the North and the South. (Social Studies)
  • Distinguish between national and state governments and compare their responsibilities in the U.S. federal system. (Social Studies)
  • Identify historical sites across the country. (Social Studies)
  • Identify leaders in government. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the function of government. (Social Studies)
  • Recognize the contributions of Americans throughout history. (Social Studies)
  • Recount the lives of individuals from the past. (Social Studies)
  • Summarize the sequence of key events in stories describing life from the past. (Social Studies)
  • Understand issues that lead to the Civil War. (Social Studies)
  • Use oral, written, and visual information to research and understand how individuals have had an impact on individuals, their community and their nation. (LA) (Social Studies)
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