The best use of the resources on the Ford’s Theatre website would be to integrate them into a unit on the Civil War. Teachers can pull content from the virtual tour or online exhibitions to supplement their own lessons on the subject. The multimedia activities in the Lincoln As a Leader and the Surrender at Appomattox sections use storytelling and primary source materials, and will definitely further understanding of Lincoln's impact on the era. A guided activity, such as a scavenger hunt, would provide focus as students view the virtual tour or online exhibitions. Finally, the My Lincoln video project could serve as a culminating activity or assessment that would require students to apply what they've learned from the unit.Continue reading Show less
The Ford’s Theatre website provides a collection of educator resources about President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. The most useful classroom materials can be found under the Education tab, which includes links to learning online, printable resources, and an education blog. A virtual tour and online exhibitions provide access to museum artifacts.
The Explore Lincoln page can be used as a primary text about the era as well as the assassination and its aftermath. This section also includes a comprehensive timeline of the Civil War era. Direct links to two multimedia lesson plans incorporate primary documents and storytelling. Instructions for how to participate in a My Lincoln video project to examine Lincoln’s legacy are also included. In addition to the free resources, a virtual field trip ($125) uses video conferencing to bring the museum into the classroom.
If your class can’t visit the Ford’s Theatre museum in Washington, D.C., you should take advantage of the resources available on its website, which include many valuable materials sure to enhance instruction about Lincoln, his assassination, and the Civil War. Teachers can visit the site to increase their own background knowledge, access lesson plans, or take advantage of the professional development opportunities the museum offers. Students can conduct independent research, create a video honoring Lincoln, or scroll through the virtual tour and online exhibits. The site provides an interesting and effective alternative to reading from a textbook. Although some exhibits are text-heavy, the images and videos will increase accessibility for all students.
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.
Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.
Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claims.
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.
Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Evaluate an author’s premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.
Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.