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Lesson Title:
Abraham Lincoln and his youth 1809-1837/Part I

Date: July 8, 2008

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Grade Level: 9-12 with mainstream

Subject: World History

Time Frame: 55 minutes

Number of Students: 26


Understanding the Goal of the Lesson:

  1. Students will develop an understanding about the life of Abraham Lincoln as a young boy and his birth place and the places he lived and about his parents.
  2. Students will understand about the experiences which shaped his mind and led to his beliefs.
  3. Students will understand about Abraham Lincoln living in New Salem, Illinois and the influence which guided him to Springfield.

Primary Source Understanding Goal:

Primary source documents such as films, Internet, text books with photos and first hand accounts or stories might help to bring the events of Abraham Lincoln to life.

Illinois Learning Standards

Essential Knowledge and Skills:

Social Studies

State Goal 14: Understand political systems, with an emphasis on the United States.

As a result of their schooling students will be able to:

14.F.4a Determine the historical events and processes that brought about changes in United States political ideas and traditions.

State Goal 16: Understand events, trends, individual movements shaping the history of Illinois, the United States and other nations.

As a result of their schooling students will be able to:

16.A.4a Analyze and report historical events to determine cause-and-effect relationships.

16.A.4b Compare competing historical interpretations of an event.


Worksheets, Articles, Internet access


· Textbook: World History The Human Experience, National Geographic Society, Mounir A. Farah, Andrea Berens Karls, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill 1997.

· Library of Congress web site.

· Lincoln Museum web site

· Lincoln's New Salem web site

Background Information:

No prior knowledge needed for this lesson.

Preparation of Learning Environment:

· Abraham Lincoln pictures and posters will be displayed on classroom walls and bulletin boards.

· Handouts prepared to include web site addresses and articles.

Lesson Focus: Motivation and Prior Knowledge

Students are engaged in the topic by the teacher dressed as Abraham Lincoln and the students identifying "Who am I?"

Instructional Plan:

Instructional Detail

· Review today's topic to find the level of student knowledge of Lincoln.

· Add together the information given by the students (using the board to write down all points made by students so the students can compare information by seeing and hearing it.)

· Discussion to open the mind to new information and the discussion about the myths about Lincoln.

· Instructional detail is used at the start of each day to review the progression of knowledge gained each day. The idea is repetition to build and retain memory.

Explanation and Practice:

· Lecture and discussion

· Abraham Lincoln and his youth 1809-1837


· Show students where in their book they can obtain information about Abraham Lincoln.

· Show them the glossary, index, and maps.

· Demonstrate how to locate information on the Library of Congress, Lincoln Museum, New Salem web sites.


1. Lecture to students following teachers outlined notes over Part I with the aide of an overhead.

2. Students will be actively engaged in taking notes.

3. Stop lectures periodically for open discussion.

4. Pass out worksheets for students to work independently.

5. Specify that they will have about 15 minutes to complete.


· Special Education students will be given teacher prepared notes.

· May have extended time to work on their worksheet during study hall with resource teacher.

· Individual help will be arranged before school.

· Tests will be modified for students with IEP's.

Extension Activities:

Students can use computers to explore Lincoln web sites.

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