Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads:   “Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War” Lesson Plan

Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads is a classroom activity designed to support the National Constitution Center’s online game of the same name and the nationally touring exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” The online game is intended for advanced middle- and high-school students. It invites them to learn about Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the political choices he made. An animated Lincoln introduces a situation, asks for advice, and prompts players to decide the issue for themselves before learning the actual outcome. Using this resource, students will work collaboratively to compile results and ultimately be assessed on their findings. There are two variations on this activity. The first is designed to have students experience and use the Lincoln’s Crossroads online activity to gather and synthesize information. The second is to use the Lincoln’s Crossroads online activity as an introduction to the museum exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” currently on national tour.


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