Ch 3: Famous People of the Civil War Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Utilize the teacher resources in this chapter to strengthen your lessons covering famous people of the Civil War. Benefit from access to helpful lesson plans, project ideas and additional resources that can enhance your teaching methods and improve student learning outcomes.

Famous People of the Civil War Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Give your students an entertaining overview of the famous people of the Civil War by utilizing this chapter's teacher resources. Develop quality lessons with help from informative lessons plans that offer instructional guidance, discussion ideas, key vocabulary words and more. This chapter also provides unique ideas for class projects. Famous people covered in this chapter include:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Clara Barton
  • Robert E. Lee
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • John Wilkes Booth
  • Mary Todd Lincoln

Each lesson plan is paired with one or more supplemental lessons designed to deepen your students' knowledge of concepts you've covered during your instruction. Gauge students' comprehension of the lessons by utilizing accompanying multiple-choice quizzes.

How It Helps

  • Class or homework assignments: Provides tips and strategies for assignments you can give your students in class or as homework
  • Games or activities: Shares ideas for games or activities you can use to keep your students engaged as they learn about the famous people of the Civil War
  • Recommended class materials: Lists materials you'll want to acquire to create lessons that follow the instructional guidance outlined in the lesson plans

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons that cover famous people of the Civil War easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee and John Wilkes Booth topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your class outline for famous people of the Civil War using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related lessons on Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Mary Todd Lincoln and additional figures for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important biographies, facts, timelines and additional concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant activities, discussion questions or other materials focused on famous people of the Civil War that are found in the lesson plan outline.

15 Lessons in Chapter 3: Famous People of the Civil War Lesson Plans
Abraham Lincoln Lesson Plan

1. Abraham Lincoln Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and materials from, 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.

Abraham Lincoln Project Ideas

2. Abraham Lincoln Project Ideas

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most inspiring presidents in the history of the United States. This lesson offers you some ideas for projects that will help students appreciate his life and works.

Lincoln Movie Discussion Questions

3. Lincoln Movie Discussion Questions

'Lincoln' is a 2012 biopic by Steven Spielberg about President's Lincoln's ethical dilemmas during the American Civil War. The resource offers discussion questions about 'Lincoln.'

Lincoln Memorial Lesson Plan

4. Lincoln Memorial Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, instructors will have the chance to explain the history and symbolism of the Lincoln Memorial. Students will then explore how the iconography of the memorial connects to themes in US history and will design their own memorials.

Lincoln Memorial: History, Facts & Location

5. Lincoln Memorial: History, Facts & Location

The Lincoln Memorial stands over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Dedicated to the nation's leader who desired unity during the Civil War, the memorial is full of symbolism and reminders of the things President Abraham Lincoln valued during his life.

Clara Barton Lesson Plan

6. Clara Barton Lesson Plan

Do your students know who Clara Barton was and why she is important to American history? This lesson plan uses an informative text lesson to fill students in on the life and work of Clara Barton and an activity gives them a take-away.

Clara Barton Project Ideas

7. Clara Barton Project Ideas

Clara Barton was an accomplished humanitarian and founder of the American Red Cross. Help students remember and celebrate Clara Barton and her accomplishments with these project ideas.

Robert E. Lee Lesson Plan

8. Robert E. Lee Lesson Plan

This lesson plan gives you several activities, discussion topics and questions, and a quiz that will help students learn more about Robert E. Lee as a man and as a general.

Ulysses S. Grant Lesson Plan

9. Ulysses S. Grant Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Ulysses Grant. Students will watch two video lessons outlining his achievements, discuss content and complete activities and a quiz to make learning stick.

John Wilkes Booth Lesson Plan

10. John Wilkes Booth Lesson Plan

Teach your students about John Wilkes Booth with this interactive lesson plan. Students will read an informational, non-fiction text explaining Booth's life and plot to assassinate Lincoln, take a quiz, and apply learning to an activity.

Mary Todd Lincoln Lesson Plan

11. Mary Todd Lincoln Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Mary Todd Lincoln. Students will read a text lesson, examining her life, role as a First Lady, and later mental illness. Finish with an activity and quiz.

Mary Todd Lincoln: Facts, Biography & Quotes

12. Mary Todd Lincoln: Facts, Biography & Quotes

In this lesson we will learn about Mary Todd Lincoln, her life, her role as First Lady, and her later years in which she suffered mental illness. We will also highlight some of her quotes.

Lincoln's Assassination Lesson Plan

13. Lincoln's Assassination Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students understand the circumstances surrounding President Lincoln's assassination. Students will watch a video lesson, participate in group activities, and prove their knowledge with a short quiz.

Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Discussion Questions

14. Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Discussion Questions

Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address is an intriguing primary source for teaching students about American attitudes at the end of the Civil War. Use these discussion questions to help students explore this speech.

The 54th Massachusetts Infantry Discussion Questions

15. The 54th Massachusetts Infantry Discussion Questions

After learning about the contributions of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, use these discussion questions with your high school students to help them think critically about the regiment's role in history.

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