With spectacular immersive environments, traditional exhibit galleries and high-tech special effects theaters, a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum promises a memorable day for all visitors. But for a teacher with a large group of school children in tow, navigating through the museum, while providing a meaningful learning experience, can be a daunting endeavor. To help you prepare yourself and your students, the ALPLM Education Department has created teacher resource guides specifically for educators bringing a school group to the ALPLM.

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Pre-Visit Teacher Resources

Museum Experience Teacher Resource Guide is filled with pre-visit, on-site and post-visit activities. Learn what to expect on the day of your tour as well as lesson plans and activities to prepare students for an enriching museum experience. This guide contains a museum questionnaire (scavenger hunt) for students to use in the museum during their tour.

 

Exhibit-related Teacher Resources

Current Exhibits

Journey 1

The Lincoln's Farewell Address Teacher Resource Guide was created in conjunction with the nation's Civil War Sesquicentennial observance and highlights one of Abraham Lincoln's most moving speeches. Lesson plans and student activities are based on the president-elect's impromptu farewell to Springfield and his move from Springfield to our nation's capital in 1861. Find background information, lesson plans and classroom activities here. Recommended for Grades 3-6.

 
Journey 2
Gettysburg Address Teacher Resources was created to acknowledge The Gettysburg Address which was of one of Lincoln's greatest speeches. Find lesson plans and classroom activities here. Recommended for Grades 5-8.
 
Illinois Gallery - Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry
 Analyzing Political Cartoons helps students learn how to analyze a political cartoon. Click on the link below to access the Library of Congress's digital copy of the cartoon The national game. Three "outs" and one "run" which depicts the four candidates participating in the election of 1860 through a game of baseball to use with this lesson. Recommended for Grades 9-12, can be adjusted for Grades 6-8.
 
Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
Reproduction number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-09311
  

Past Exhibits

The To Kill and to Heal Teacher Resource Guide explores the philosophical and moral divisions over the expansion of slavery and the election of Abraham Lincoln. Several lesson plans for Grades 4-12.
 
Team of Rivals Teacher Resources Created in conjunction with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum's exclusive exhibit "Team of Rivals: Lincoln's Cabinet at the Crossroads of War," the accompanying educator lesson plans provide historical background and student activities based on Abraham Lincoln's presidential nomination over well-known rivals who sought the same office. Several lesson plans for Grades 4-12.

 

Conducting Historical Research

Mr. Lincoln's Attic The guide provides educators with the historical background of the exhibit, as well as activities, worksheets, vocabulary and more, all geared to the Illinois Learning Standards. Topics explored include "Why We Collect" and "Do Objects Talk" which invites students to take on the role of the museum professional in examining artifacts to reveal the stories behind them. Recommended for Grades 4-8.

Oral Histories are a great way to bring history to life in your classroom.  This teacher resource includes first hand testimonials from Illinois residents and suggested student activities. Several lesson plans for Grades 4-12.

 

Historical Topics

Women's History Month contains exciting ideas for bringing Women's History into the classroom. Recommended for Grades K-3

Black History Month In celebration of Black History Month, this guide is filled with information and ideas to bring Black History Month into your classroom. The guide provides educators with historical background of Black History Month, biographical sketches of African-American History Makers, as well as activities, additional resources and more. Recommended for Grades 4-8.

African Americans in Illinois Includes the 1908 Race Riot Online Magazine and Generations of Pride African Americans in IL a Selected Chronology. Recommended for Grades 9-12.