Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, is often referred to as one of the greatest Presidents in American history. Lincoln is one of the most respected and beloved American Presidents for reasons that include saving the Union, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, guiding the United States through its only Civil War, and exhibiting strength of character. Lincoln’s legacy as a champion of freedom is infused throughout American society today. To celebrate this influential President, Teaching with Historic Places has placed on the web the following lesson plans that help to emphasize Lincoln’s life, presidency, and legacy. These lessons, based on sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places, are free and ready for immediate classroom use by students in history and social studies classes.
• Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial: Forging Greatness during Lincoln's Youth (126)
• Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial: Where Man and Memory Intersect (144)
• Lincoln Home National Historic Site:A Place of Growth and Memory (127)
• Choices and Commitments: The Soldiers at Gettysburg (44)
• President Lincoln's Cottage: A Retreat (138)
• "The Honor of Your Company is Requested": Lincoln's Second Inaugural Ball at the Patent Office (143)
Other National Park Service Cultural Resources programs also offer information on Abraham Lincoln’s life, presidency, and legacy. Explore the Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary, American Presidents and discover historic Lincoln sites in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Washington, DC that shaped this influential President. Also tour the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Virtual Museum Exhibit.
To learn more about TwHP's other lessons, visit the Lesson Plan Descriptions page.
Last updated: March 31, 2016