Abe’s Fish: A Boyhood Tale of Abraham Lincoln by Jen Bryant

February Theme:  historical/presidential picture books

With the celebration of President’s Day upon us this month, I thought I would take the month to review and share lessons pertaining to picture books related to history or presidents.

Recommended Grades: 3-6

Six Traits:  Ideas

When Abraham Lincoln was asked what he remembered about the War of 1812, he replied, “Nothing but this.  I had been fishing one day and caught a little fish, which I was taking home.  I met a soldier in the road, and, having been always told at home that we must be good to the soldiers, I gave him my fish.”  This book is based on that quote.  A semi- fictional story about Abraham Lincoln as a boy of six, a few pieces of history are woven in and there is an Author’s Note section in the back that may answer some additional questions students may have about Lincoln’s life.

Abe’s Fish: A Boyhood Tale of Abraham Lincoln is a great model text to use to teach students how writers can get their ideas from anywhere.  In this case, the author took a simple quote and shaped it into a picture book.

Lesson idea: Provide students with several quotes from historical documents or historically based memoirs, biographies, or autobiographies.  Make sure they understand what the quote means. Allow each child to choose a quote and construct a writing piece based on the quote.

**Note** I provide these lesson ideas under the assumption that you are familiar with The Six Traits of Writing.  If you are not, and would like more information about teaching students how to create writing ideas or any other six traits component, please feel free to contact me at Dlittle[at]linkstoliteracy[dot]com.  I am happy to provide more specific lessons or resources if necessary.

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