IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR AN ENGAGING WRITING ACTIVITY to honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, I’ve got you covered with this set of President’s Day Writing Prompts & Activities.
FOR THOSE OF YOU who teach History, this resource is just what you need. Your Middle Schoolers will not only learn historical facts about these presidents, but they’ll also be asked to interpret Washington’s Rules of Civility, as well as some famous quotes from Lincoln.
IF YOU WANT TO USE TIMELINES, which are a great learning tool, you’ll find them in this resource. Your students will be asked to fill one in after reading a short history about each president. Then they will write a summary using the notes and or their timelines.
WE ALL REALIZE that just writing a summary can be borrring…So there are some engaging and creative task cards to use that will get those creative juices flowing.
MOST OF US KNOW THAT EMPATHY is what’s needed so badly in today’s world. Your kiddos will have the opportunity to step into Washington’s and Lincoln’s shoes and write something from their perspectives..
◈AS EDUCATORS, we know that writing can be tedious, time consuming and a great deal of effort for both you and the kids. Buuut, this resource will definitely make your life easier.
◈RESEARCH has shown◈
◈ It’s essential to set the purpose for writing because it influences the decisions students make about style.
◈ Writing helps foster the imagination, artistic expression, clear thinking and identity.
◈ Graphic organizers are visual tools that help children learn and understand.
◈ Writing is a process, in addition to pre-writing, students need to learn how to proof-read properly.
◈ It’s important for kids to learn empathy for others, putting themselves in someone else’s shoes helps them do that.
◈ It’s crucial for our children to learn history so that they understand the changes that caused our society to be what it is today.
◈ The old adage, not to know what happened in the past will cause history to repeat itself is so also an important reason to learn about those who came before us..
◈ This is what you’ll get ◈
Complete Lessons for George Washington and Abraham
2. Graphic Organizers
Rough Draft Activities
Final draft black/white and colorful writing pages
8. Student handouts
9. George Washington
a. Short history
c. Essay writing from history notes
d. 110 rules of Civility and Decent Behavior that includes
a lesson plan and task cards with story starters.
10. Abraham Lincoln
a. Notes and references,.
b. Lincoln’s quotes
c. Making a timeline from notes.
d. Essay writing about quotes.
e. Task cards and story starters.
11. Contact Information
PERSONALLY, I loved teaching HISTORY/ ELA to my students. A great way to kill “two birds with one stone,” was to have them write a narrative, expository, or creative paper by placing themselves into a certain time period and writing about it. Believe it or not, I enjoyed reading their papers. It always amazed me to see the improvements they made from the beginning of the year, they amazed themselves too. .
✔This bundle can be used for:
✔ Middle School
✔ Upper Elementary
✔ English Classes
✔ History Classes
✔ SPED Classes
☻I want to help you inspire your students with engaging lessons that will excite, challenge and be remembered long after they’ve left your room.☻