Are you excited about the election of Barack Obama? Have you thought about writing him a letter? In 1860, an eleven-year-old girl named Grace Bedell wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln advising him to grow whiskers, and he did! Perhaps you can persuade the President to do something as well! In this activity from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will analyze the letter Grace Bedell wrote to President Abraham Lincoln, then write and send their own letters to the president of the United States. This activity is included in an Ourstory module entitled A Letter to Abraham Lincoln. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom. National Museum of American History


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  • Social Studies > General

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  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4


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