Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Abraham Lincoln, and supports the standard of understanding how individuals have contributed to social change in the United States. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students:

  • What do you already know about Abraham Lincoln?
  • Why do you think we celebrate him as one of the greatest presidents in American history?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the Abraham Lincoln topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Myths” or “Quirky Stuff”. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about Abraham Lincoln while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a mini-documentary describing Lincoln’s career as a congressman and president. Include details about how he impacted American society. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas and summarize key details)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying Lincoln’s important speeches and policies, and explain their impact on the U.S. (Essential Literacy Skill: Site specific evidence to support conclusions drawn)
  • Creative Coding: Code a digital museum exhibit featuring symbols and events that represent Lincoln’s presidential legacy. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas and summarize key details)
  • Primary Source Activity: Examine and analyze Lincoln’s inaugural address. (Essential Literacy Skill: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Abraham Lincoln Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Abraham Lincoln Quiz.

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Time Zone X: Abraham Lincoln: This interactive timeline game challenges players to put historical events in chronological order.

Black History Unit: Continue to build understanding around important figures and events with more BrainPOP topics.  

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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