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Remembering Lincoln

Remembering Lincoln compiles primary sources that illustrate the reaction to Lincoln's assassination. Use newspapers, letters, images and more to help students learn about how a divided nation responded to tragedy. Create custom lesson plans to use in your classroom.

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“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Lessons

This lesson plan compares Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to Langston Hughes’ poem, “Harlem”. With probing questions and activities, students will identify the theme of the American Dream as presented in those texts. Students will then describe their own American dream, expressing it in an original poem or short play scene. This lesson is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

Abraham Lincoln Speech Excerpts

Abraham Lincoln Speech Excerpts about Government and Politics

Speeches

Compilation of excerpts from Abraham Lincoln speeches about government and politics. Example: “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.” – August 1, 1858 Fragment on Democracy

Abraham Lincoln Speech Excerpts

Excerpts from Abraham Lincoln Speeches on Ambition

Speeches

Compilation of Abraham Lincoln speech excerpts on ambition, such as, "Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow-man, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.” – Lincoln, aged twenty-three, introducing himself to his New Salem neighbors, March 9, 1832, first political announcement