(CNN Student News) -- Many people around the world consider Abraham Lincoln to be one of the most eloquent leaders of all time. Challenge your students to learn more about Abraham Lincoln by examining his words.
Have students work in groups or individually to research one speech, letter or writing by Abraham Lincoln. (The Lincoln Bicentennial Web site in the "Don't Miss" section of this Learning Activity is a good place to start.) Direct students to answer the following questions about their selections:
Instruct students or groups to pose as newspaper writers in the 1860s and use their answers to write an analysis of the selected document or speech. Make sure that students include how they think that history might look upon what President Lincoln has said and how future presidents might seek wisdom in his words.
II. What are the foundations of the American political system?
B. What are the distinctive characteristics of American society?
1. The American idea of constitutional government. Students should be able to explain the central ideas of American constitutional government and their history.
Era 5: Civil War and Reconstruction
Standard 1: The causes of the Civil War
Standard 2: The course and character of the Civil War and its effects on the American people