Teaching Modules

Grade 6 to 8 History

Artifact Lesson

One of history’s enduring questions is, “How do we remember or commemorate an event.” Textbooks give the necessary background, but the examination of primary source documents and artifacts humanizes the experience for students. These items were held and used by someone connect to the event. Some were intimates of Lincoln, like Clara Barton. ...

Grade 6 to 8 History

Mary Henry Timeline

This lesson can serve as an introduction to the Lincoln Assassination or as a standalone lesson on the analysis of a primary source document. The lesson asks students to create a timeline of events surrounding the assassination using Mary Henry’s diary entries alone. Students will use the diary to build a framework of the timeline and then look ...

Grade 6 to 8 History

News of the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln

“News of the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln” is designed to take place over the course of 3 class sessions. The lesson bridges units on the Civil War and Reconstruction. Through their analysis of primary sources, students learn that citizens expressed a range of reactions to the news of President Lincoln’s assassination.
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Grade 9 to 12 History

Be the Curator

By introducing students to the concepts of exhibit design, students will use Remembering Lincoln artifacts to create their own online exhibit.

Note: While this lesson focuses on using the Remembering Lincoln artifacts, it could be easily adapted to use have students create their own exhibits using artifacts from Google Arts and Cu...

Grade 9 to 12 History

Citizen Historian: Submitting Sources from Local Archives

This Citizen Historian lesson teaches students to go into local archives to in order to find and analyze artifacts related to the Lincoln Assassination and share on the Remembering Lincoln website.

Note: We recommend that the teacher has introduced primary sources to the students before conducting this lesson. Here are some recomm...

Grade 9 to 12 History

Citizen Historian: Submitting Chronicling America Newspapers

This Citizen Historian lesson teaches students to search on the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/), a repository of newspapers, for primary sources showing how people responded to the Lincoln assassination. After they find sources, students will submit them to the Remembering Lincoln website.

Grade 9 to 12 History

Citizen Historian: Transcription of Remembering Lincoln Sources

This Citizen Historian lesson teaches students to look at primary sources and transcribe a source to make it searchable for all students and researchers. The transcription will become part of the Remembering Lincoln database, and students will receive credit for transcription on the site.

Note: We recommend that the teacher has intr...

Grade 9 to 12 History

A Nation Reacts

This lesson is designed to analyze and discuss the country's reaction to the Lincoln Assassination through primary source documents. Or, to promote students’ use of primary source documents at anytime during the academic year. The activities are designed to be flexible enough to conform to any instructor’s time frame and student abilities from...

Grade 6 to 8 History

Researching the Lincoln Assassination

This lesson is designed to be the last of three two- to three-week lessons. The first lesson is an overview of the Civil War. The focus is big picture, using readings and a lecture/discussion format with a standard comprehensive assessment at its conclusion. The second lesson is a group reading of Chasing Lincoln’s Killer and its goal i...

Grade 6 to 8 History

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer – A Close Read

This lesson is designed to be sandwiched between two other two-to-three-week lessons. The first lesson is an overview of the Civil War. The focus is big picture using readings and a lecture/discussion format with a standard comprehensive assessment at its conclusion. The final lesson is an in-depth research project on the assassination with a pape...

Grade 4 to 5 History

Lincoln’s Legacy: Then and Now

The Lincoln’s Legacy teaching module will take place over the course of thirteen sessions, taught in eight 60-minute and five 90-minute lessons. Through this module, students will explore Lincoln and his assassination, participate in a small-group nonfiction book study, analyze primary sources related to the aftermath of Lincoln’s assassinatio...

Grade 6 to 8 History

History Repeating? Comparing the Assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy

From the moment that John F. Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963, Americans began their fascination with comparing the deaths of two of their beloved and martyred presidents. Almost immediately the similarities between the two began to emerge. Through the analysis of primary resources and first-hand accounts, students will compare and contras...

Grade 9 to 12 History

Lincoln Funeral Train

The Lincoln Funeral Train lesson module will take place over the course of 3 to 4 class periods. Throughout the module, students will integrate technology use and historic research into a cohesive presentation. The crux of the research will be primary source document analysis. Aspects of spatial reasoning and mapping skills are woven into the less...