Teaching Lincoln's Assassination & Legacy

Why Was President Lincoln Assassinated?

This lesson uses primary source documents to investigate why John Wilkes Booth killed President Lincoln and what people around the country thought about it.

We offer ready-to-use history lesson plans focused on how to teach President Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the Civil War.

In addition to our on-site programs and resources, we offer online resources and tools to use in the classroom. Explore the life, leadership, death and legacy of Abraham Lincoln through primary sources and lesson plans developed by our education staff and master teachers. Choose what works for your needs. Lessons are written for Grades 1-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-10.

Virtual Tour

Ford's Theatre

Virtual Tour

Bring your students on a virtual tour of Ford’s Theatre. See inside the Presidential box and learn more about the events of April 14, 1865. Investigate the place where Booth murdered Lincoln. What clues does the scene yield to the plotting of the assassination?