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MiniPage activities meet many state and national educational standards. This week's standards:

Published: Sat, February 12, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.

MiniPage activities meet many state and national educational standards. This week's standards: Students understand how the lives of individuals affect the country's history. (Social Studies: History) Students understand how democratic values came to be, and how they have been exemplified by people, events and symbols. (History)
1. Create a campaign poster telling people to vote for Abraham Lincoln. Cut out words that describe Lincoln from the newspaper and paste them on your poster.
2. Interview several friends and family members. Ask each person to give you three words that describe Lincoln. Look at your list. What qualities do people associate with Lincoln? What qualities were suggested by more than one person? What qualities would you use to describe Lincoln?
3. Fill an Abraham Lincoln backpack. Find words or pictures in the newspaper for items you associate with Abraham Lincoln. Make a list of your choices and explain each one.
4. What evidence can you find in today's MiniPage that shows that Lincoln was (a) strong, (b) hard-working, (c) intelligent, (d) caring and (e) patriotic?
5. Use resource books and the Internet to learn more about Lincoln's presidency. Use these questions to guide your research: What was Lincoln's platform in 1860? What did he do to try to prevent the Civil War? What did he do to support the Union Army during the Civil War? How did he feel about the Union Army's leaders? Why did he select Andrew Johnson as his running mate for his second term? What did Lincoln do to try to heal the wounds between the North and the South?

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