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Day 2: Lincoln's Missing Bodyguard

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/5
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This lesson plan is anchored by the text "Lincoln's Missing Bodyguard" from Smithsonian.com. The focus question for this day's lesson is: What does Paul Martin’s contrast of the Secret Service today with presidential security of the past reveal about Parker’s choices on the night of Lincoln’s assassination? The big takeaway for students should be that presidential security on the night of Lincoln's assassination was inadequate and Parker's choices on that night (and in the past) reveal a great oversight on the part of the Metropolitan Police Force. This will give students a much more clear idea of the author's point of view on Parker's responsibility in Lincoln's death, preparing them to think about other perspectives in the text and how they contribute to the overall author's purpose. Special Materials: Anchor Text, Student Notes