Abraham Lincoln Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught history, and has an MA in Islamic law/finance. He has since founded his own financial advice firm, Newton Analytical.

With this lesson plan and materials from Study.com, you'll have everything you need to help your students fully understand the life of Abraham Lincoln as well as his role during the Civil War.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson students should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the life of Abraham Lincoln
  • Analyze how he was both a cause and a solution to the Civil War.

Length

40 minutes plus 40 minutes for the activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

Key Terms

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Stephen Douglas
  • habeas corpus

Warm up

Before starting this lesson, review with students how slavery divided the pre-Civil War United States into Free and Slave States.

Instructions

Watch the lesson Abraham Lincoln: Presidency, Accomplishments, & Assassination, stopping for key terms and the following discussion points:

  • 2:14 - Does Lincoln's early life sound that much different from the typical frontier biography? Do you think this was an asset?
  • 3:58 - How might history have been different had Lincoln kept his seat in the House of Representatives? Do you think he would have grown to despise the spread of slavery so much?
  • 6:38 - How did Lincoln transform the war into something that some in the North even blamed him for to one of moral consequence?
  • 7:32 - One of the greatest 'what-if's of American history is what would have happened had Lincoln not been killed. Do you think his assassination really mattered? Why or why not?

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