Abigail Adams Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Abigail Adams was an influential early American known for her influence in politics. Teach students about her life and accomplishments with this lesson plan in which students read an informational text, ask and answer questions, then apply concepts to a hands-on biography activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • recall important events in Abigail Adams' life
  • discuss the influence Abigail Adams had on events in her lifetime
  • ask and answer questions about informational nonfiction text


1 - 1.5 hours for lesson and activity, plus time for reports to be shared


  • Poster board
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Colored pencils
  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student

Key Vocabulary

  • Abigail Adams
  • XYZ Affair
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.4

Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

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