The Blushing Ghost -Abe Lincoln's Ghost  and Winston Churchill
The Blushing Ghost -Abe Lincoln's Ghost and Winston Churchill by Lonnie Dai Zovi

Abraham Lincoln's ghost has been seen by many visitors to the White House throughout the years after his death. This short reading recounts some of Lincoln's apparitions as well as Winston Churchill's reaction when he saw the ghost of Abe Lincoln. The students also get to learn a bit about assassination of Lincoln as well as his premonition of his impending death.

The Blushing Ghost - Abe Lincoln's Ghost and Winston Churchill is one of the stories in the U.S.History based True Ghost Stories That Teach - Historically Based Stories with Content Area Connections by Lonnie Dai Zovi. These five pages contain a high interest short story written at a 4 -5th grade reading level, but of interest to all students, 4th grade to GED or adult ESL or Citizenship students. (Intermediate level ESL, ELL reader) Besides enjoying the story (who doesn't love a good ghost story?), the students will learn, review, discuss, investigate, and write about:

1) Brief account of Lincoln's Presidency
2) Lincoln Ghost sightings
3) Lincoln's assassination
4) Work with homonyms
5) U.S. Presidents and notable facts
6) Drama vocabulary

Other skills enhanced are:

1) Vocabulary improvement
2) Reading comprehension skills
3) Paragraph writing

All the stories in this collection capitalize on the students's great interest in ghosts, and other weird phenomena. These stories take advantage of this interest by using the stories to:

Teach U.S. History
Practice reading
Improve comprehension
Expand vocabulary
Highlight or teach certain aspects of language
Make connections to other content areas
Stimulate discussions
Write interesting paragraphs or simple essays

To take full advantage of True Ghost Stories That Teach, the students should read the stories aloud, dramatizing and using voices and other sound effects (readers' theater). The stories have been designed for readers of all ages, as have the exercises. These exercise may be done together as a whole group, partners or individually.
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Created: Sep 5, 2015

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