Lincoln’s Assassination

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The lesson introduces students to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the circumstances leading to and following the event.  Students should be well-aware of Lincoln’s assassination, but not know the full story or the facts surrounding his death.  The Internet has many resources related to the assassination, but teachers should carefully review the reliability of those they choose to use with the class.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with other lessons related to the presidents or the Civil War.

Lincoln’s Assassination Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Lincoln’s Assassination
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The interesting and informative lesson expands students’ knowledge about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, an event they have likely already heard of but know few facts about.  At the same time it provides information about events surrounding the assassination so students can understand how it fits into the Civil War timeline.  The Internet has many resources related to the assassination, but teachers should carefully review the reliability of those they choose to use with the class.  The links provided with the lesson have already been vetted and contain only reliable information.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with other lessons related to the Civil War.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instructions: 

  1. Display the following terms: Ford, Lincoln, Washington, Johnson, Booth, Mudd.  Ask students: What do the names have in common with each other?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Write students’ correct answers next to each term, even if it is not related to Lincoln’s assassination.
  3. Ask students if they know who the first president was to be assassinated.
  4. Allow for responses. Introduce Lincoln’s Assassination.
  5. Distribute Lincoln’s Assassination content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Allow students time to discuss and respond to the questions.  Students should include all responses, including differences of opinions.  (Option: Allow students access to the Internet to research other opinions.)
  7. Once completed, conduct a class discussion related to the students’ responses. Allow each pair of students to share one or more of the responses to the questions.  Ask students to support opinions with facts if applicable. Responses will vary.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and allow students to share responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: What precautions could have been taken to prevent the assassination of President Lincoln while he was at Ford’s Theater?

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies