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Lesson plan

Day 5: Lincoln's Missing Bodyguard

teaches Common Core State Standards RI.9-10.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/1
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.9-10.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/6

Day 5: Lincoln's Missing Bodyguard

This lesson plan is anchored by the text "Lincoln's Missing Bodyguard" from Smithsonian.com. The culminating writing task that students will complete in this lesson is: After reading “Lincoln’s Missing Bodyguard,” explain how the author’s purpose is conveyed through the inclusion of multiple perspectives on John Parker’s responsibility in Lincoln’s assassination. Support your discussion with evidence from the text." This task will require a synthesis of the thinking students have done throughout the five day close reading plan, to determine the author's purpose in writing the text: to reveal the incompleteness of the "official" history of Lincoln's assassination through the different perspectives on John Parker's role that night. Special Materials: Anchor Text, Student Notes