President Abraham Lincoln in a Nutshell
For homeschooling families using the lapbook/notebooking/unit study method, Knowledge Box Central offers many products and study guides. President Abraham Lincoln in a Nutshell is billed as a “study guide and 15 general discussion questions that will provide students with a basic overview of this president’s life and duties as Commander-in-Chief.”
What you get:
- seventeen page instant download (e-book)
- an engaging, conversational overview of Lincoln’s life
- some interesting, lesser-known facts
- links to other information and 15 discussion questions
- facts about Civil War battles, leaders, and generals
President Abraham Lincoln in a Nutshell contains some interesting reading, including facts about Lincoln’s early life, appearance, family, and his road to the presidency. For instance:
In 1864, Lincoln was up for re-election. With the war dragging on and Lincoln’s many unpopular decisions, along with appearing to be a scapegoat for the cause of the war, it seemed unlikely that he would be re-elected as president. However, the Democratic campaign was disorganized and the war began to turn toward the prospect of overall victory just before election day. Lincoln was re-elected in a landslide victory against his rival General McClellan, who ran as a Democrat. Had there not been significant improvements made in the war effort, it is likely that he would have lost the election.
I also like the fact that the authors address how Lincoln’s beliefs about slavery evolved, and how early–weeks into, actually–his presidency had to grapple with states seceding from the Union.
While the product states that it would work for second grade through high school, my opinion is that the subject matter is much too advanced for lower elementary students. Parents could read the guide and distill it for their student. High schoolers would find this a good jumping-off point, but would need more information. I think the ideal age for this resource would be upper elementary to middle school.
There are some typos, usage, and tense errors that I was a little surprised to find in such a short guide. Still, even considering this, I think the useful information in President Lincoln in a Nutshell outweighs this issue.
Last Updated: February 11, 2013
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