Announcing a Writing Contest: How did Lincoln”s Childhood Make Lincoln a Leader?


I am announcing a writing contest for Ms. Brassfield’s class. The Topic Question: How did the events of Lincoln’s childhood influence his development  as a man? Tell me what kind of childhood Lincoln had, what was daily life like on the frontier, what events  happened in Lincoln’s childhood that were traumatic or difficult during his formative  years, that helped him become a president who could lead during terrible time like those of the civil war.

Remember: Lincoln was raised in a wilderness,

Remember: How hard life was on the frontier. If you wanted a house you had to build it.If you wanted a simple item like bread you had to plant the wheat, tend the crops, pick the Wheat, Mill the wheat, fetch the water from the stream, raise the chickens for the eggs, chop the wood for the fire… ect….Everything had to be done by you. There were not stores. Hunger and sickness and even death were common.

Remember: He was unable to attend school because the family needed him to work.

Remember: Lincoln lost his mother who encouraged Lincoln in every way his reading and his learning.

Remember: Lincoln had to cooperate with all kinds of neighbors on the frontier in order to survive.

Remember: He had a great stepmother who continued to take care and encourage Lincoln as a learner and reader.

We see Lincoln as a great leader, use the events from his childhood to  evaluate how these events may have shaped the man to become this great man.

TOPIC SENTENCE GRAPHIC ORGANIZERTopic Sentence/ Supporting Sentence graphic organizer (Pool)

Here are some useful links you can use when answering this question:

Lincoln’s boyhood

Frontier House

11 responses

  1. daniel

    i think lincoln was a great pesibend becase of the childhood he had on the fronter

    May 24, 2011 at 9:49 am

  2. robert wise

    i think lincoln childhood was difficult it was this difficulty that made him a great leader.

    May 24, 2011 at 9:50 am

  3. chris

    i think that was the greatest president I THINK WHAT GAVE HIM THESE SKILLS WAS HIS LIFE ON THE FRONTIER

    May 24, 2011 at 9:51 am

  4. allen

    I think his child hood heip make him a leader.

    May 24, 2011 at 9:51 am

  5. Jayuan

    I think lincolins chilbhoud made him agreat leader.It thught him to work hard

    May 24, 2011 at 9:51 am

  6. raeshon

    because lincoln was the nicest president in the white house.and he was a honest man.and he stopped slavery.his mother died from milk sickness.his mother name is nancy.the frontier is the hardest work ever.

    May 24, 2011 at 9:52 am

  7. raymond

    May 24, 2011 at 10:23 am

  8. WALIK

    why did John Willkes Booth kill lincoln in front of a lot of witnesses in a theatre,why did he want an audience?

    May 24, 2011 at 10:24 am

  9. joshua

    1. why did john wilkes booth want to kill abraham lincold ?

    2. how did john wilkes booth get away after he killed the president?

    3. why didnt john wilkes booth kill the presidents wife too?

    4. where did john wilkes booth hide after he killed abraham lincoln

    May 24, 2011 at 10:31 am

  10. DARIUS

    question #1. from you prospective do you think john wilkes booth would be called crazy for killing Abraham Lincoln ? Do you think he was insane?

    question 2 If booth had not killed Lincoln do you think the world and civil rights would be the same as it is today. How would it be different ( civil rights) or better?

    May 24, 2011 at 10:34 am

  11. Raymond

    why did john wilkes booth kill lincoln ?
    Do you think we could prevent Lincoln from being Killed? How?

    May 24, 2011 at 10:37 am

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