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Chasing Lincoln's Killer
by James L. Swanson

For Ages 12 and Up

Chasing Lincoln's Killer is the author's young person's version of his bestselling adult book, MANHUNT: THE 12-DAY CHASE FOR LINCOLN'S KILLER. This fast-paced historical thriller chronicles the pursuit and capture of the John Wilkes Booth who, with the help of friends, meticulously planned and assasinated President Abraham Lincoln ... and almost got away with it.

This day-by-day account describes the plans, the accomplices, the wild chase, and the missteps that allowed the perpetrators to be caught. Through the story, readers can see Lincoln as a father, husband, friend, man, and President, whose death shook family and friends and rocked a nation trying to recover from the effects of the Civil War.

The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic writing prompts and a culminating interactive Jeopardy-type game, a great study for all, including gifted and talented students. Teachers who want to bring history to life in their classrooms will want make this book part of their classroom literature activities.

Research Links
Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

Author, James L. Swanson, YouTube Interview
Quotes of Abraham Lincoln

Read THE BOOK before you see the The MOVIE
Learning Games and Activities for Abraham Lincoln
Biography, Games, and Research Links for Abraham Lincoln

Similarities between Lincoln and Kennedy

Related Literature--Lincoln and Other Presidents

The Nortorious Benedict Arnold

Presidential Election Literature

Stand Tall, Abraham Lincoln

A 30-page teacher guide, activity unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for Chasing Lincoln's Killer is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Pretest Predictions
2-Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools, Dialectical Journaling
Vocabulary List and Frayer Model Activities
Character Studies
Making Connections: Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions with PreReading Quick Writes
Many Multiple Choice and Short Answer Comprehension Questions
Mapping the Events
Ford's Theater and Seward's Home: Crossword Puzzle
Booth's Escape: Visualizing the Story
Summarization Check-up
Recalling and Analyzing the Events
What If? How Choices Affect History

Writing Prompts
Answer Keys

Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game!

You can purchase the complete Kids' Wings 30-page unit for Chasing Lincoln's Killer PLUS a Jeopardy-type interactive game. NOW for immediate download for only $18.95! Click Here to Download.


Based on the title Chasing Lincoln's Killer. Text copyright © 2009 by James L. Swanson. Scholastic, Inc., New York.
Background music, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"


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