This history lesson plan is wonderfully versatile! It can be adapted for a social studies or language arts class, and could be revised to fit 4th grade through 10th grade studies.
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History Lesson Plan
- Students will practice writing skills by producing a one-page dialogue
- Students will engage in research to learn more about a specific event or time period in American history
- Students will think critically about a moment in American history and imagine a probable conversation the President could have had based on that moment
- Paper and pen or laptop for writing
- Access to historical research materials such as history book, internet, or print-out given by teacher
Have students choose one of the images showing a president with another person and write a conversation they might be having. They might use images of Abraham Lincoln with his son, Roosevelt sitting with Stalin and Churchill, or Woodrow Wilson and Edith Galt Wilson on their way to his second inauguration.
After they have chosen the photo, the students can spend a majority of the classroom time researching the surrounding details of the event or time period in history. If students have access to the internet, you can suggest specific, reliable websites to use as sources. They could also use their history books or take a class trip to the library. The one-page dramatic dialogue could be assigned as homework to be due at a later date.
Further History Lesson Plan Fun
Choose the best dialogue written for each of the three photos and have volunteers act them out in front of the class. History comes alive when teachers encourage students to act it out!
Have students swap dialogues and peer-grade before they turn them in. Ask students to give constructive feedback and ask at least 2 questions about the dialogue.
President Lincoln reading to his son on February 9, 1864.
Woodrow Wilson and his wife riding in the backseat of a carriage to his second inauguration on March 5, 1917.
Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill on portico of Russian Embassy in Teheran, during conference from November 28 – December 1, 1943.
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