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  • Getting Students to Write and Analyze: Close Reading Strategy

    Teaching Lincoln's Assassination & Legacy

    Students will use Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech to gain a better understanding of close reading historical texts. By annotating and discussing the contents of a complex historical speech, students will begin to gain vital analytical skills. This is a complex speech and a teacher would be wise to give the students some background information about WHY Lincoln was giving this speech. For example, that this was not a speech given while he was president and it references division in the country.

  • Google Expeditions

    For Teachers

    Use Google Expeditions to take your students on virtual reality tours of significant sites around the world, including Ford’s Theatre.

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    • Type: Virtual Tours
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Virtual Tour

    Take your students on a virtual tour of Ford's Theatre, following along the story of the Lincoln assassination and its aftermath.

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Assassination, Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type: Virtual Tours
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Ford’s Theatre Student Museum Guide

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    This guide is intended to get students thinking and talking about some of the things they will see at Ford’s. They might like to work with a partner and discuss these questions as they go through the Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits.

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Assassination, Civil War Washington
    • Type: How-Tos
    • Grades: 6-8
  • Was John Wilkes Booth’s Conspiracy Successful?

    Teaching Lincoln's Assassination

    This lesson plan will guide your students through an arc of inquiry, allowing them to develop a sound argument based on primary source materials.

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    • Topic: John Wilkes Booth, Assassination
    • Type: Lessons
    • Grades: 6-8
  • Debating Emancipation

    Teaching Lincoln's Assassination and Legacy

    Students learn to annotate a historical speech to identify and articulate the author’s point of view. Students will identify key issues involved in working through emancipation, including the consequences (pros and cons) of President Abraham Lincoln’s administration changing its position from preventing slavery in new territories/states to eradicating slavery in states in rebellion.

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln
    • Type: Lessons
  • An Overnight Vigil

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about the care Lincoln received in the Petersen House and the morning of his death. 

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Assassination
    • Type: Videos
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Lincoln's Evolving Legacy

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about how Lincoln's legacy has evolved.

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    • Topic: Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type: Videos
  • Setting the Stage

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about the days of celebration and uncertainty following Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender, which happened just before President Lincoln's assassination.

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Assassination
    • Type: Videos
  • The Assassination

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about the events leading up to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and that fateful moment.

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Assassination
    • Type: Videos