When I asked "Does anyone know what Abraham Lincoln was famous for?" these are the responses I got:
- he invented the piano
- he discovered electricity
- he was the first president of the U.S.
- he had a weird tall hat (at least this one is true)
- his fat, fly beats
- an f-ed up grill
- he's on the penny (again, at least true)
Oh well, I've taught classes of sophomores and juniors at the college level who barely knew any more than these kids do about history.
John Wilkes Booth was a local boy, and is buried at Greenmount Cemetery in B'more. The kids were interested in that at least. We read Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!" but had to spend a lot of time on context.