Teaching Lincoln’s Assassination & Legacy

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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.

In addition to teacher-directed lesson plans, now offer activities for students to complete on their own without requiring the assistance of a teacher or adult at home.

The Assassination of President Lincoln

Student Activity

Use primary source quotes and artifacts from the Lincoln’s Assassination page on the Ford’s Theatre website to explore and analyze the assassination. 6th – 8th grade.

To See or Not to See?: Displaying a Presidential Murder Weapon

Student Activity

Use primary source images and documents to examine ethics of displaying the weapon John Wilkes Booth used to kill President Abraham Lincoln. 6th – 12th grade.

Reactions to Lincoln’s Assassination

Student Activity

Use primary source documents to examine how people around the United States responded to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. 6th – 8th grade.