This is a fun research assignment for students to do. I allow them to use the internet on their phones or computer if available. I use it while studying the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln but it could be used while studying JFK as well or just as an extra fun assignment. It will spark interest and curiosity for your students. After they have completed their research I have them write on a separate sheet of paper a paragraph or two the about their thoughts about the similarities that exist between Lincoln and Kennedy's assassination. Then I have them write down at least 10 non-coincidences between the two and we discuss how some of the coincidences don't hold much value, but others are strangely similar. It is a fun way for students to do research about these two presidents. The fun part for me with this lesson is that the students end up learning far more about these presidents than they realize and it brings up new questions and increases their curiosity about these two men.
Some of the interesting questions the students will research include:
*What day of the week were Lincoln and Kennedy shot?
*Where was Lincoln shot (the location)? Ford's Theatre
*What kind of car was Kennedy in when he was shot? Who makes that car?
*When was Lincoln elected president? Kennedy?
Your students will enjoy this research project!
Answer Key, instructions, and internet resources are also included in this file.