In 1860 a little girl wrote to Abraham Lincoln, then a candidate for president. He took her advice and grew a beard. The true story is preserved in the archived letters of Grace Bedell and the response she received from Mr. Lincoln. This is one of many examples wherein letter writing has served the purpose of recording history.
In honor of President's Day, share the story of Grace and Mr. Lincoln by reading aloud Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers by Karen Winnick. The actual letters are reproduced at the end of the book.
Michele McKinnon wrote a lesson plan for this book while interning at Liberty Elementary School in Frederick, Maryland. You can see her ideas at Education World.