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In this post, students will learn about an inscription hidden inside President Abraham Lincoln's watch that was a secret until the Museum investigated further in 2009. The message was put there by watchmaker Jonathan Dillon, who was repairing Lincoln's watch when the first shots were fired on Fort Sumter in 1861. His reaction to the firing on Fort Sumter adds a fascinating layer to our historical knowledge about the watch in our collection. More than that, Dillon's secret message—now revealed—is a reminder of the many rich histories so many of us keep in our families, connecting us in a deep and personal sense with the strange inner workings of the past. Written by Dana Allen-Griel, New Media Project Manager, this post is published on the Museum's "O Say Can You See?" blog.

Subjects:

  • Language Arts > General
  • Social Studies > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

5 to 12 | HTML

Language:

English

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Public - Available to anyone

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RI.5.10: Alabama Course of Study: English Language Arts

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4—5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

RI.5.10: CA Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Scienc

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4—5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

RI.5.10: Iowa Core Literacy

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4—5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

RI.5.10: Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4—5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

RI.5.10: North Dakota English Language Arts and Literacy Content Standards

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4—5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

RI.5.10: New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4—5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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