Blogs tagged "abraham lincoln"

How to Write an Inaugural Address

Lincoln speaking at his second inaugural address
Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address is not only considered the greatest inaugural address but is also widely viewed as one of the most significant speeches in American literature. Its no suprise that it is included as a Common Core exemplary text under the Common Core State Standards .RI.11-12.9 for English Language Arts:Read More »
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Constitution Day and the Second Founding

Howard Chandler Christy's painting, signing of the United States Constitutution
Just as students and teachers are adapting to the demands and delights of the new school year, they are asked to learn about a document written 229 years ago that still impacts their lives. September 17, the day the framers signed their draft of the U.S. Constitution, has long been celebrated, but it is only since 2004 that there has been a mandate that every U.S. educational institution that receives federal funds should offer “an educational program” on it.Read More »
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What Makes the Declaration Foundational?

One of the more thought provoking of the Common Core State Standards, and at the same time, one that may give ELA teachers some anxiety is:Read More »
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Abraham Lincoln at 150

Hermann Faber, Deathbed scene with man holding Lincoln, 1865.
Abraham Lincoln at 150On April 14 we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). The years in which Lincoln served as president, 1861–1865, were the most momentous in America’s history. A month after his election, South Carolina seceded from the Union, triggering a four year conflict that would leave nearly a million Americans dead or wounded, four million slaves free, and a nation changed forever.Read More »
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George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and the Presidents' Day holiday

Kimmel & Forster, Columbia's Noblest Sons
Between the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22), our commercial republic* has come to celebrate a national holiday unofficially called “President’s Day” (February 16), which generically honors all the presidents. Washington and Lincoln stand out as unrivaled figures in American history. Their importance is reflected in the large number of lessons about them in our collection.In this special post we highlight these lessons as well as new resources on five other of our notable chief executives.Read More »
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