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President Lincoln’s Cottage Online Resources

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School Programming

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Lesson Plans

The Failure of Reconstruction

  • Appropriate for 11th grade U.S. History
  • Developed by Ellen Resnek, Morgantown, Pennsylvania
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Why the Civil War was Fought: Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

  • Appropriate for middle and high school students
  • Developed by Megan Purdy, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Virginia
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President Lincoln’s Cottage: A Retreat

  • Appropriate for Grades 5-8
  • Developed by American University public history graduate students in conjunction with President Lincoln’s Cottage staff
  • Accepted to the Teaching with Historic Places lesson plan program run by the National Park Service
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Faces of War Lesson Plan

  • Appropriate for Grades 6-8
  • Developed by Janet Johnson, Pine Street Elementary, Wayland, Michigan
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Comparative Government: The Evolution of Equal Protection Law

  • Appropriate for high school students
  • Developed by Stratton Shartel, Annandale High School, Annandale, Virginia
  • Powerpoint to supplement classroom instruction
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Homes of Lincoln

  • Appropriate for middle and high school students
  • Developed by Amy Trenkle, Alice Deal Middle School, Washington, DC
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The Emancipation Proclamation

  • Appropriate for high school students
  • Developed by Bradley Swain, West Springfield High School, Springfield, Virginia AND Harlan Kinzer, Alice Deal Middle School, Washington, DC
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Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home: Privacy & Access to the President

  • Appropriate for high school students, primarily 11th and 12th grade
  • Developed by Heather Beckmann, Centreville High School, Clifton, Virginia
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Related Sites and Other Online Resources

Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

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African American Civil War Museum

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American Civil War Museum

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The Collected Works of Lincoln

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Emancipation Proclamation at National Archives

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Ford’s Theater

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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

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Library of Congress

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Lincoln Boyhood Memorial

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Lincoln Day by Day Online

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The Lincoln Forum

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Lincoln Home in Springfield

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Note: President Lincoln’s Cottage is not associated with these other websites, and these links are just provided as general resources.