Superintendent's Memo #022-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

February 6, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial History and Social Science website: An Online Resource for the Classroom

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission’s Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Subcommittee is pleased to announce a website for teachers and school divisions, Virginia’s Abraham Lincoln Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Birth of Abraham Lincoln. The website highlights the Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning (K.1a, 1.2, 2.11, 3.11b, USI.9b, VUS.7a, and VUS.7b) and provides information about Abraham Lincoln and the bicentennial celebration of his birth.

Virginia’s Abraham Lincoln Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Birth of Abraham Lincoln is designed for elementary, middle, and high school teachers as a guide in the instructional planning process for teaching about Abraham Lincoln. The website includes links to podcasts, pictures, lesson plans, commemorative programs and events, and other resources to support the Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning.

Virginia’s Abraham Lincoln Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Birth of Abraham Lincoln is available at: http://dls.state.va.us/GROUPS/MLK/Lincoln.htm.

For more information about Virginia’s commemoration of the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln and the website, please contact Brenda Edwards at the Division of Legislative Services, by e-mail at bedwards@leg.state.va.us or (804) 786-3591; or Betsy Barton, specialist for history and social science, by e-mail at Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3454.

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