Fifth-graders learn through historical portrayals at Lincoln
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[March 15, 2017]
- On Friday last week fifth grade students from Northwest,
Washington-Monroe and Central schools took a walk back in time. The
District 27 students participated in an historical learning activity
“A Walk Through the 1860s” held at Lincoln Heritage Museum on the
Lincoln College Campus on Friday.
Students performed in both the upstairs and downstairs galleries
of the museum. Each student came prepared cast in a character role.
They shared information about the Civil War era. There were
soldiers, military officers, doctors and nurses and noted persons of
Greeting guests at the first stop were President Abraham Lincoln and
his wife, Mary Todd. At various stations, groups of students shared
what they saw in battle, why there was a war, and the conditions of
the country at that time.
Each student took their turn telling the story of the character they
represented, and as they did so, the other students would bow their
heads or step back into a line with the other students and wait in
silence until their next turn to speak.
A number of guests flowed through the museum, some looking for a
student they knew who was performing.
The Washington Monroe students who presented at 10:45 a.m. are
represented in the slide show.
The Washington Monroe students who presented downstairs were:
Teacher: Mrs. Courtney Snow
Washington Monroe students presenting
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Teacher: Miss Kate Ewing
When through with performing, the students all gathered for a reading of the
Gettysburg Address. Several students were sent up to the balcony of the atrium
to read in turn, while most of the crowd remained below to listen to the speech
which was written by Abraham Lincoln declaring freedom for all people in our
As a closing activity, the students were gathered together in the atrium for a
period of review and reflection led by Assistant Director of the Lincoln
Heritage Museum Anne Moseley and Director Tom McLaughlin. Asked about what was a
surprise to learn, one student commented that most soldiers did not die in
battle, but rather from illness. Moseley agreed she was surprised by this also
and expounded more on why that was, which included the lack of clean water on
The students performed well and engaging in their roles. They clearly enjoyed
the adventure coming to understand a key turning point in our country's history,
the Civil War, by way of experiential learning.