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Lincoln Assassination Lesson Planning Ideas and Teacher Guide Resources for Fords.org

Teachers asked—we listened!

In the past few years, we have expanded access to historical content about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination through new webpages that use primary sources, and annotated images and artifacts that illuminate stories related to that event.

In response to suggestions from many educators, we’ve created teacher guides for these webpages with the assistance of Kevin Murphy, a former social studies teacher who works with the Visitor Services staff at Ford’s. 

Each teacher guide (PDF) contains:

  • A brief introduction to the webpage, including its structure
  • Details about what images, artifacts and primary sources are explored
  • A section with suggested lesson activities to use with your students

Explore the guides below—and keep checking back, as we’ll continue to add more guides and webpages in the months ahead.

Lincoln’s Assassination

Teacher Guide coming soon!

Night on 10th Street

Teacher Guide coming soon!

Trial of the Conspirators

Teacher Guide coming soon!

Lincoln’s Funeral

Teacher Guide coming soon!

David McKenzie works on exhibitions and digital history projects at Ford’s Theatre. He is also a History Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University, studying 19th-century U.S. and Latin American history and digital history. Before coming to Ford’s in 2013, he worked at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, The Design Minds, Inc. and at the Alamo. Follow him on Twitter @DPMcKenzie.