Common Core State Standards
Reading Standards for Informational Text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
North Carolina Essential Standards
3.H.1 Understand how events, individuals and ideas have influenced the history of local and regional communities.
3.H.2 Use historical thinking skills to understand the context of events, people and places.
4.H.1 Analyze the chronology of key events in the United States.
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Acrostics - Teacher will vertically write the word CARL on the whiteboard. Teacher will ask students to think about words that begin with the letters C, A, R, and L that could describe Carl Sandburg. Whole class will determine the best words that describe Carl for each of the letters. Teacher will then complete the acrostic poem about Carl Sandburg.
1. Ask students "If you had someone famous to write about, who would it be and what might you write?" Prompt students in discussing the difference between an autobiography and a biography. Explain that Sandburg was a biographer of Abraham Lincoln.
2. Share the longer piece of writing from "Abe Lincoln Grows Up" with the class (can be projected on whiteboard for students to follow along).
3. Students will work in small groups using a piece of writing from "Abe Lincoln Grows Up" to identify facts about Lincoln and from "Prairie Town Boy" to identify facts about Sandburg. Groups will share facts with the class.
4. Teacher directed the whole class will complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting Sandburg and Lincoln.
5. As an independent activity to, give each student a Sandburg / Lincoln fact page to sort and paste.
Freeze Frame - a small group of students will create a tableau (a grouping of people not moving) that represents a key detail of Sandburg's or Lincoln's life. The other groups must guess the key detail of the tableau or freeze frame.