Seventh graders in Tish Kosman’s class traveled back in time, learning about the life of Abraham Lincoln the day he was shot. President Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865, and died a day later.
On April 15, Kosman put a message on the board that said the lesson was to “commemorate the anniversary of Lincoln’s death. Today, we celebrate the traits that made him one of America’s favorite Presidents.”
Kosman found that what most resonates with students is that Lincoln was able to emancipate the slaves. During class time, they participated in stations around the classroom, building a log cabin with popsicle sticks, making a chocolate top hat, making mourning ribbons, and even taking a selfie with Lincoln. They learned about some eerie similarities between the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy.
The students had learned about the assassination of Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth on April 14. But the next day, the focus was on how he lived his life. “We’re not going to look at the morbid things, we are going to celebrate things that made his personality and character traits,” said Kosman.