Lesson Title: Internet Research on Abraham Lincoln
Grade Level: 6th Grade
Time Frame: 40 minutes
Number of Students: 20
Understanding the Goal of the Lesson:
Primary Source Understanding Goal:
Primary source documents such as photos and first hand accounts or stories might help to bring the life and accomplishments of Lincoln to life during his time at New Salem.
IL Standards – Essential Knowledge and Skills:
Events, Trends and History
State Goal 16: Understand events, trends, individual movements shaping the history of Illinois, the United States and other nations.
A.: Apply the skills of historical analysis and interpretation
16.A.2c:Ask questions and seek answers by collecting and data from historic documents, images and other literary and non-literary sources.
D. Understand Illinois, United States and world social history.
16.D.3a (US) Describe characteristics of different kinds of communities in various sections of America during the colonial/frontier periods and the 19th century.
NETS 2007 Standards
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
Computer, Internet, Activity #2 handout, pencil
Lincoln’s New Salem web site www.lincolnsnewsalem.com
No prior knowledge needed for this lesson.
Preparation of Learning Environment:
The students will explore as a class the Lincoln’s New Salem web site. Then students will work independently to complete the activity handout.
· Ask students what they know about Lincoln.
· Students will share prior knowledge about Lincoln.
Explanation and Practice:
· Lincoln’s New Salem web site exploration
· Look up information pertaining to New Salem to complete activity handout.
· Demonstrate how to locate the Virtual Tour on the Lincoln’s New Salem web site.
1. Pass out activity handout and discuss requirements and instructions.
2. Specify that they will have 30 minutes to do the research and complete the handout.
3. Students will then proceed in doing the New Salem research and completing their handout.
4. When finished, students will share the information they found.
Individual help will be given if necessary.
Students can choose another activity sheet.
To close the unit on Lincoln, students may share with the class what they have learned.
The activity handout will include 20 fill in the blank statements (some statements include more than one blank). Each blank is worth 1 point for a total of 30 possible points.