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Lesson plan

Day 3: Lincoln's Missing Bodyguard

teaches Common Core State Standards RI.9-10.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/6
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.9-10.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/4
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.9-10.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/3

Day 3: Lincoln's Missing Bodyguard

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 is Paul Martin’s point of view on John Parker’s dedication to safeguarding the president? The big takeaway that students should get is that Paul Martin believes John Parker should have been held responsible for Lincoln's assassination, even though he wasn't. This is essential to future focus questions and the culminating assessment, where students will consider the other perspectives in the text and then use that understanding to develop the overall author's purpose. Special Materials: Anchor Text, Student Notes