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 Culture ( or Smithsonian Learning Lab (

Guiding Questions

  • How do curators create a museum exhibit?
  • How elements make up a museum exhibit?
  • How do curators tell a story through artifacts and images?


  • Identify the elements of a museum exhibit
  • Create an online exhibit that tells a story and includes a takeaway message for the audience.
  • Sort primary and secondary sources in order to identify which sources best help tell the story in the exhibition.
  • Use images and text to create a cohesive tone for the exhibit.



Lesson Activity One: Introduction to Online Exhibits

- Students review how exhibits are created.

Lesson Activity Two: Exhibit Planning

- Using an Exhibition Planning Guide, students plan their own exhibit.

Lesson Activity Three: Exhibit Production

- Students create their own exhibit using Remembering Lincoln artifacts.

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  • Grade Level

    9 to 12

  • Timeframe

    2 to 3 classes (45 min/period)

  • Class Subject


  • Skills

    Close Reading, Creating Visuals, Digital History, Explore Artifacts, History, Interpreting, Material Analysis, Primary Sources, Reading, Research

  • Teacher Information

    Krista McKim

    Montgomery County Public Schools

    9, 10, 11, 12


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