Andrew Johnson Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan provides you with numerous activities, key terms, quizzes, and discussion topics and questions that will help students better appreciate the presidency of Andrew Johnson.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • discuss Andrew Johnson's presidency
  • appreciate the reasons for his impeachment


1-2 hours


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


Warm Up

  • At the start of class, ask:
    • Who was Andrew Johnson?
    • How did he become president?

Vocabulary Activity

  • Now, write the vocabulary up on the board:
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • William Seward
    • Andrew Johnson
    • Radical Republicans
    • Freedmen's Bureau
    • 13th Amendment
    • 14th Amendment
    • Edwin Stanton
    • Impeachment
    • Military Reconstruction Act
    • Ulysses S. Grant
    • William T. Sherman
    • Tenure of Office Act
    • Charles Sumner
  • Divide up the class so the same number of students come up to define each of those terms in their own words. Once all the definitions are up on the board, every other group is to look over the other definitions and point out any mistakes, omissions, or additions they see fit.
  • Once the entire class, including yourself, is satisfied with the definitions, everyone should copy them down into their notebook.

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