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A President Shot

On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by actor John Wilkes Booth. In this radio story, an author and reporter visited Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., where Lincoln was shot. They describe how the assassin carried out his attack, fled to the countryside, and finally met his end. They remember, too, how spectators responded to the President’s death. Listen to learn more about how these dramatic events unfolded.

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Story Length: 7:27

Listen to the Story:

Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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