Abraham Lincoln: Lessons and Links
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There is nothing difficult about finding information about President Abraham Lincoln. What is a problem is finding appropriate materials for use in classrooms that students can understand. As such, I have tried to locate those sites that offered an array of resources that cover everything from the basic timelines and quotes to literacy encouraging lessons.
Here is a site that has the bones of an excellent lesson. It shows the great strength of Lincoln and the students always enjoyed it trying to figure out how much a barrel of whiskey weighed as written in the article.
Others ideas could include research about his failures and the changes in his face as the stress of the presidency and his personal life had on him. Printing out a series of pictures from the first to the last is quite compelling and clearly show how the war took its toil on him. Here are the locations for that assignment:
Lincoln’s pictures through time are below or you can show the students this video
Students should read about the research that went into identifying this photo.
First known photo 1846
1865 for five dollar bill
Last photo taken
The following are additional links to quality resources:
The Lincoln Institute has a site with lesson ideas for teachers
An article from the April 27, 1861 edition of Harper’s Weekly features a biography and picture of President Abraham Lincoln, and an incredible description of Mr. Lincoln’s declaration of war on the South..A must see site that fits the Common Core requirements.
Easy to understand story of Lincoln’s Life
Printable script for a game show that asks the audience to pick the real Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln lesson plans and activities
Timeline of Lincoln’s Life
Failures in Lincoln’s life.
A great way to get students to think about overcoming adversity and rejection.
A unique site where the students can watch video clips and answer questions.
A PBS lesson plan site
Large link sites for many grade levels