Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln by Patricia Polacco

Recommended Grades: 4-6

When Michael and Derek visit Harpers Ferry with their grandmother, they have no idea the kind of “game” they will be invited to play.  The mysterious museum director tells them they can walk through a door, and before they know it they have walked straight into 1862. 

Lesson Idea:

Historical Fiction:

Mentor Texts: Read aloud Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln as part of a unit on historical fiction or as part of a unit on the Civil War.  If you are teaching a unit on historical fiction, choose several picture books and have students analyze the setting of the stories.  Why is the setting important in historical fiction? 

A great book to tie into a Civil War unit is Henry’s Freedom Box.    

Note: Polacco’s books, Pink and Say and January’s Sparrow would also work nicely with a unit on the Civil War. 

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