Kansas Kaleidoscope - Story Starters 3
Vol. 12, No. 3 December 2008/January 2009 - "President Abraham Lincoln"
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If I could talk to President Lincoln today, I would tell him how much the U.S. has changed. I would thank him for freeing the slaves. Then I would tell him that because he freed the slaves. We went from freeing the African Americans to having an African American President.
In this 2008 election on November 4th Barack Obama was elected the first black President.
Another thing is that he is now on the penny, the five dollar bill and Mount Rushmore along with Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt.
Also about the technology we have today, from TVs to video games to computer systems.
Then I would tell him about the terrorist attacks in 2001. Terrorists from Iraq came to the U.S. Two planes crashed into and took down the two tallest buildings in New York City called the Twin Towers. Another plane crashed into the Pentagon. The last plane was headed for the White House, but it ended up in a field in Pennsylvania. That day is what started the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. A lot of things have changed since you were President, but some things wouldn’t without you. I just wish he could be here to see what life was like today.
Noah Schneider, fifth grader
If I could talk to President Lincoln, I would tell him about TVs and computers and how they work. I would tell him how good of a President he was for freeing the slaves and because no one should be held against their will because of the color of their skin. I would tell him that they put his face on money and Mount Rushmore and they made a Lincoln Memorial. I would tell him about the terrorists attach in September 11, 2001. I would say three jumbo jets flew in to the tallest buildings in New York City. I would tell him we made history by electing a black President named Barack Obama. His running mate was senator Joe Biden. I would tell him he was the tallest President. I would say, he was my favorite President ever.
Michael Gilmore, fifth grade
If I could talk to President Lincoln today, I would tell him he is a great President for freeing the slaves. I would also tell him about the latest election. I would tell him we made history. I would tell him about the first African American President.
I would tell him about 9-11. I would tell him on September 11, 2001 a plane crashed into the Pentagon. Two planes crashed into the Twin Towers. And one crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.
I would also tell him about being on money. I would tell him that he is on the five dollar bill and the penny. I would tell him about the way of life now from back then. I would also tell him about technology. The last thing I would tell him about his face being on Mount Rushmore.
Brendon Clark, fifth grade
If I could talk to president Lincoln today, I would tell him he was a great president. I wish he was here today to see what it was like. Today we have computers and tv. On computers you can do re search, play games, and watch tv. On tv you can watch shows.
In 2001 we had two planes crash into the twin towers. The twin towers were two very tall towers. Many people died that day.
I have five in my family, a brother, a sister, my dad, my mom, and me. I would also tell him he was on the five dollar bill and the penny. We have a black president now so we made history. He was running against a 74-year-old man with a woman vice president.
Dalton White, fifth grade
If I could talk to President Lincoln today, I would tell him, thank you for freeing the slaves. We are so happy that you freed the slaves. Now people have the right to go to school, to pick what job they want, and all kinds of things. November 4th, 2008 we had the election. The Presidents who ran against each other were John McCain and Barack Obama. John McCain running mate for Vice President is Sara Palin. She would have been the first woman to be Vice President. Barack Obama's Vice President is Joe Biden. Barack Obama won the united states by a lot of votes. John McCain won Kansas because Kansas is Republican state. Barack Obama will go into office January 20, 2009.
On September 11th, 2001, two planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City. That was one day from me being two. My parents and grandmas were at my house watching it on the news. My sister, my two brothers, and I were sitting on the couch watching the news too. I didn't understand what was happing at that time because I was too young to understand.
You're on the penny and the five-dollar bill. They're making a silver penny. You were one of the best presidents ever. The president that's in office now is George W. Bush.
Today life as a child is great because you are free. In one of our teacher's class rooms it shows the presidents on the wall and you're one of them. Your face is carved on Mount Rushmore as well.
Andrea Aguilear, fourth grade
If I could talk to President Lincoln today, I would tell him that he was a great president. I would also tell him about his Vice President Andrew Johnson. He was also a great President. He was president from 1865-1869. I would tell him about the past Presidents that have been assassinated.
A very great President that had been assassinated was John F. Kennedy. He was President from 1961-1963. He was in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and Vice president. Someone shot a bullet into his head. I wasn’t alive, but he was my dad’s favorite president and when I was younger he told me about it.
Because of you, in January 2009, an African-American elected president will be in office. If you didn’t free the slaves, Barack Obama wouldn’t have a chance. Barack is a Democrat. Lincoln, you are the one who made our country better!
Haley White, fifth grade
If I could talk to President Lincoln today, I would tell him that he is on the five dollar bill and the penny. Next I would tell him that he has a statue just for him. It is called the Lincoln Memorial. I would thank him for freeing the slaves.
The next thing I would tell him is that 9-11 happened and terrorists hit the Twin Towers. One plane tried to hit the White house. One hit the Pentagon it was very tragic thousands of people died and now we are trying to catch them. Next I would tell him that he is my favorite President.
Next he had a bust named after him. Next He had a really tall hat. Next He is the tallest President. Finally he was the 16th President.
Kyle Kizzar, fifth grade
If I could talk to President Lincoln today, I would tell him thank you for freeing the slaves. I would also tell him that I used to have a hat just like his. There was an election not to long ago, I voted for Obama. The canidates that were running were Obama and McCain. OBAMA WON!
I’d also tell him that the Twin Towers crashed. Two planes crashed into them. It was so sad. Today the gasoline is over priced. It was over three dollars. But now it is less than three dollars.
TV is fun to watch. It comes in handy when you are bored. It also comes in handy to watch the Thanksgiving parade. Thanksgiving is coming up. I will be having two Thanksgiving dinners. Computers also come in handy. I love playing on the computer. Well got to go. BYE.
Love Mary Dunn, fifth grade
If I could talk to President Lincoln today, I would tell him about 9/11 and how it affected life in the world today. I would tell him how the Twin Towers went down. As a result of the terrorists attack, and the jumbo jets that crashed into the buildings a lot of people died that day. One jet tried to destroy the White House, but it failed, because of the way the people on board forced the plane down in a field.
If I could talk to president Lincoln today, I would tell him that he is on the 5-dollar bill. He is also on the penny and it is so cool to spend him today.
If I could talk to president Lincoln today, I would tell him about my family and how my family loves me and how cool my Mom is. My Dad is as cool as my Mom is.
December Taverner, fifth grade
If I could talk to President Lincoln today, I would tell him that you are one of the best Presidents. Thank you for ending slavery. I wish you were still alive. You were very tall. It would be cool to see you. If you were alive, I would want to meet you at the White House. I think you are one of the best presidents because you did the right thing. Thank you for doing that.
I heard that Kansas was not very much of a slave state. I live in central Kansas with a bit fenced in yard. It is white. Kansas is a good state. I like Oklahoma, as well. Mr. Short, my teachers has a picture of you on his wall. He thinks you are a very good president, too.
It is fun to be a kid now. We have electricity now. We can get on the internet and play games. It is fun and cool. We have phones and they are Razors. You can text your friends. My dad and mom have a Playstation 2 and it can run videos and games. They have car games so you can blow up cars. It is cool and I have a TV. We get to watch rap music videos. I am faster than anyone when I play football. It is fun to win sometimes. We have wrestling. I almost went to state, but a kid was crying so I gave up but it was fun anyway. I am going to wrestle again. It is my favorite sport. This time I hope I don’t have a kid who cries. I am not good at reading. I need help on some words. I am supposed to be on a higher level but I am not in that level yet. I am in level 300-400. It is easy. I am good at math and science. I have some star wars items that I collect. They are worth a lot of money. I have all three star wars movies.
Kebren Julian, fourth grade
If I could talk to President Lincoln today, I would tell him thank you for freeing the slaves. I wish you were still here. I wish you were still President today.
I have four people in my family. My name is Justin. Obama won the presidential election. You are on a picture in my classroom. You are on Mount Rushmore.
Planes hit the Twin Towers. It was a big disaster. Planes hit the Pentagon. Planes were forced down into a field in Pennsylavania.
I have a Xbox 360. It is a system that plays games. It is a really cool system. You can play cool games.
Justin Oberle, fourth grade
If I could talk to President Lincoln I would tell him that his face is on the penny, the five-dollar bill, and is on Mount Rushmore. Thank you for freeing the slaves.
In 2001 the Twin Towers fell. Two planes hit the Twin Towers. One hit the Pentagon.
My name is Tyrone. I have three sisters. I have a game system. In the latest election Obama won against McCain. I don’t know what to think about him.
Tyrone Cox, fourth grade
If I could talk to President Lincoln, I would tell him that he was an awesome President, who happens to be my favorite President as well. Thank you for freeing the slaves. I wish you were still alive today to be President.
I have six awesome friends their names are: Justin, Jade, Ryan, Ty, Andrea, and Kebren. They are very nice to me. I have five sisters and their names are Riley, Maudie, Alexis, Tierra, and Taylor. I have two brothers named Dakota and Devin. Devin died a long time ago. My parents split up too. I wish Devin was still here today. My best friend’s name is Mackenzie Oberle. She supports me in every thing. She is also Justin’s little sister. My little sister’s name is Maudie. She is really funny.
Did you know that two planes crashed into the Twin Towers in 2001? I am sad that happened. My teacher has a picture of you in his classroom. We have a new president. His name is Barack Obama. He is cool just like you. You are my family’s favorite president.
Tytem Patton, fourth grade
If I could talk to president Lincoln today, I would tell him that he is on Mount Rushmore and the five dollar bill, even the penny. Thank you for freeing the slaves.
I think you were a great president. They are making a new penny with your face on it. It is silver.
In 2001 two planes crashed into the Twin Towers, another plane crashed into the Pentagon, and yet another was forced down in a field in Pennsylvania. It was a disaster.
You are the 16th president. Obama won against McCain. Obama made history because he is the first black president.
Ryan Currie, fourth grade