Lewis Latimer Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your students about Lewis Latimer with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that gives an overview of the life of the inventor as well as some of his inventions. Discussion questions and hands-on activities help boost student understanding and keep engagement high.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • retell the life of Lewis Latimer
  • discuss Latimer's inventions
  • explain the impact of Latimer's inventions on our lives


1 hour


Key Vocabulary

  • Lewis Howard Latimer
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Hiram Maxim
  • Thomas Edison

Curriculum Standards


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).


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


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

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