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Lesson plan

Day 1: Lincoln's Missing Bodyguard

teaches Common Core State Standards RI.9-10.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/4
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.9-10.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/1

Day 1: Lincoln's Missing Bodyguard

This is the first in a series of five close reading lesson plans that explore the non-fiction article, "Lincoln's Missing Body Guard" from Smithsonian Magazine (Smithsonian.com) by Paul Martin. For this first lesson, the focus question of the day is: What key details in the text tell you that John Parker was an “unlikely” choice for a presidential bodyguard? This question asks students to begin thinking about evidence that proves John Parker was an unlikely choice. Students will then build on this knowledge in the following days by analyzing the multiple perspectives on Parker's responsibility in Lincoln's death, setting them up for a discussion of the author's purpose in the culminating writing task. Students are required to cite evidence supporting Parker's "unlikeliness," as well as determine the meaning of words and phrases that support Paul Martin's assertion. Special Materials: Anchor Text, Student Notes Sheet