June 1, 2022
Lincoln Home National Historic Site is an ideal place to expand students’ knowledge and curiosity of Abraham Lincoln. The historic site’s programs are inspired by the essential question, How can artifacts help us understand a person or time period?
Students can go on a virtual tour of the Lincoln Home to discuss important issues that shaped Abraham Lincoln’s life, while simultaneously looking at artifacts that belonged to Lincoln, his family, or one of his many neighbors. Students can join the tour from their home or classroom to learn how objects help keep Lincoln’s story alive.
The feature In Lincoln’s Words invites students to analyze Abraham Lincoln’s writings and revisit important national events to understand Lincoln’s views on slavery and citizenship, all the while virtually visiting the Lincoln Home. Teachers can download free materials related to the feature: a lesson plan to prepare for the virtual visit; a document worksheet to analyze Lincoln’s speech; a fragment of Lincoln’s speech for students to analyze; a transcript of Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech; and an artifact analysis worksheet to analyze Lincoln’s desk. Students can also observe and analyze an image of Lincoln at his desk.