Lesson Plan


An in-depth look at Lincoln's life, including his views on slavery, and death.

Students will be able to identify key components of Lincoln's life and death and will create a video outlining Lincoln's views on slavery.

Social Studies
Grades 6 – 8
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1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

Where were you on September 11, 2001? Or when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded? Or when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated?

Moments of national tragedy like these are seared into American minds.

President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865, was a moment like those. Of course, no one is around today—150 years later—to tell us how they felt when they learned of the assassination. But people left behind evidence—letters, diaries, newspapers, sermons, mourning ribbons—that reveals their responses. These traces of the past show how the country, coming back together after four years of a bloody Civil War, mourned—or didn’t mourn—our 16th president.

One of our resources today is dedicated to telling that story especially since it is coming up on the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death.

2 Direct Instruction

As a class, take turns reading aloud from "Lincoln's Presidency." http://www.fordstheatre.org/index.php?q=home/explore-lincoln/learn-story

Provide students with guided notes and review them before reading so the students know what key concepts to pay special attention to.


4 Independent Practice

Have the students read "5 Things You May Not Know About Lincoln, Slavery and Emancipation" from http://www.history.com/news/5-things-you-may-not-know-about-lincoln-slav..., and create a video like the one above in groups of 5 (or less) using iMovie. In the video, each student should also state one piece of information about Lincoln from the lesson that they found interesting and one piece of information they think will or should be included on a quiz/test.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Presenting

Watch videos. Review key concepts and terms if student video responses imply that review is needed.