Abraham Lincoln: It's Lincoln Penny Day! (Group Participation and Short Versions) (R = 5.2 with easier parts)

publication date: Feb 13, 2011
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author/source: Carol Montgomery
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Lincoln Penny Day"Abraham Lincoln:  It's Lincoln Penny Day!" provides an entertaining avenue for studying Abraham Lincoln, based on historical documents.  Suitable for President's Day celebrations or patriotic programs this free Readers Theater script comes in two versions:  one for group/audience participation and one shorter version.  Although there are two versions, the extensive curriculum links for easy lesson plans are the same for both.  How would your students like to have a "Lincoln Penny Day"?  It's easy since the curriculum links cover many grade levels and even include science experiments! Warning:  You should have a supply of Lincoln pennies ready or have the students bring their own.  In fact, if you perform this for a younger class you could give the audience each a Lincoln penny! 

TIME: 4-6 min.  CAST: 6-12+  TONE:  upbeat  READABILITY: 5.2--But, many parts are suitable for third grade level readers.

Here is a brief excerpt from this free Readers Theater script:

Abraham Lincoln:  It’s Lincoln Penny Day!
(Group Participation Version)
By Carol Montgomery ©2011


Narrator 1:  (speaks to audience) It’s Lincoln Penny Day! And every time I speak, please, echo me. You say what I say, okay?


Kids/Audience:  Okay!

Narrator 1:  (excited)  It’s Lincoln Penny Day!

Kids/Audience: (excited)  It’s Lincoln Penny Day!

Narrator 1:  So, let’s learn about Lincoln.

Kids/Audience:  So, let’s learn about Lincoln.

Narrator 1:  From the Lincoln penny!

Kids/Audience:  From the Lincoln penny!

Citizen 1: On the front of the Lincoln penny you will see President Lincoln’s profile;  that is, a side view of his face.

Citizen 2:  (pretends to study a coin) I see Lincoln had hair, one eye, a nose, and even a beard!

Citizen 1:  Of course he had two eyes, but the side view shows only one.  Do you see a moustache?

Citizen 2:  No.  So, that means he knew how to shave his moustache!  But, why didn’t he shave his beard?

Narrator 1:  Why didn’t Lincoln shave his beard?

Kids/Audience:  Why didn’t Lincoln shave his beard?

Narrator 2:  I’m glad you asked.  That’s an interesting story.  It all started in 1860 when eleven-year-old Grace Bedell wrote a letter to the popular presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln.   In her letter she wrote…   (continued...)

Click on the PDF link below to see the full printable version of the free President's Day patriotic Readers Theater script "Abraham Lincoln:  It's Lincoln Penny Day!" with extensive curriculum links for easy lesson plans.  This is the Group/Audience Participation Version.

Download the PDF "Abraham Lincoln:  It's Lincoln Penny Day!" (Group/Audience Participation Version)

Abraham Lincoln:  It's Lincoln Penny Day!  (Short Version)


Click on the PDF link below to see the full printable version of the free President's Day patriotic Readers Theater script "Abraham Lincoln:  It's Lincoln Penny Day!"  with extensive curriculum links for easy lesson plans.  This is the Short Version, without group/audience participation.

Download the PDF "Abraham Lincoln:  It's Lincoln Penny Day!" (Short Version, without group/audience participation.)



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