Lincoln’s Assassination


Our Lincoln’s Assassination lesson plan teaches students about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Students learn about the events of the assassination, why John Wilkes Booth may have wanted to assassinate him, and the impact this event had.

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Our Lincoln’s Assassination lesson plan 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. During this lesson, students are asked to work with a partner to discuss questions related to Lincoln’s assassination in order to get them to delve deeper into the circumstances of his death and what may have motivated John Wilkes Booth. Students are also asked to match significant people in Lincoln’s life to the way or ways they were connected to him.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to list events and facts related to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and explain the circumstances surrounding the event.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5., CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6., CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10


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Social Studies, Video


5th Grade, 6th Grade