Lesson Plan

Grade 3-5: Pre-visit - Sandburg Through Time, Growing Up

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Fifth Grade
Family Life, History, Language Arts, Literature, Reading, Social Studies, Writing
45-60 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
Reading Standards:
Writing Standards:
Speaking and Listening Standards:


This lesson can be used to plan for a visit to the Sandburg Home or as a stand-alone lesson in the classroom.  Students will explore one of Sandburg's literary genres: autobiography through Carl Sandburg's autobiography for children, Prairie Town Boy.


Learning Targets:

  • I can compare and contrast connections between myself and Carl Sandburg.
  • I can select important events to include in an autobiography.
  • I can create a timeline of important events.
  • I can describe the difference between a biography and an autobiography

Common Core State Standards
Reading Standards for Informational Text:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3 Explain events, ideas and concepts in a historical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7 Interpret information presented visually and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text or idea.

Writing Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.6 With some guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.8 Recall relevant information from experiences, take notes and categorize information.

Speaking and Listening Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.5 Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.


Check out the other lessons in this plan:

Pre-Visit Lesson: Connemara Farm
Pre-VIsit Lesson: Poets and Poetry
Pre-Visit Lesson: Sandburg Through Time - Growing Up

On-Site Lesson: Sandburg Through Time - From Prairie Town Boy to Famous Writer
On-Site Lesson: Sandburg's Writing "Spring Grass"

Post-Visit Lesson: Sandburg Through Time - Autobiographical Poem
Post-Visit Lesson: Sandburg and Lincoln
Post-Visit Lesson: Why Goat's Milk?





  • Students will create an Animoto (www.animoto.com) or Photostory of their timeline adding photographs or illustrations.
  • Students will use their timelines to write an autobiography of their life.

Last updated: July 17, 2018