Winston Churchill Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Winston Churchill. Students will read an informational text that includes a biography and an overview of impactful speeches. They will then discuss and analyze content, and apply learning in interactive activities. Finish strong with a quiz to check understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a biography of Winston Churchill
  • analyze speeches given by Winston Churchill
  • explain and discuss Churchill's impact on politics, Britain and the world


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Who Was Winston Churchill? - Biography, Facts & Speeches, one for each student
  • Churchill speeches - Speech on Trade Unions and Trade Disputes Bill (1904), Finest Hour Speech (1940), Sinews of Peace (1946), and Speech Addressing a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress (1941)

Key Vocabulary

  • Speech impediment
  • Parliament
  • Conservative Party

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

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