The Death of Abraham Lincoln DBQ

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The assassination of Abraham Lincoln was a pivotal moment in American history, but what were the immediate effects throughout the newly unified country? A document-based question focuses on the consequences of the first assassination of an American president with witness accounts, illustrations, and other primary sources.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Tie to your unit on the Civil War, or when discussing the assassination of Abraham Lincoln
  • Create a cross-curricular assignment between language arts and social studies, using Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!"
  • Use to practice for the document-based question section of the AP US History test
Classroom Considerations

  • One image requires Quicktime and a TIFF decompressor to see, though learners don't need the image to understand that particular document

  • Provides a five-point rubric to assess writing
  • Includes space for instructor comment for the writing section
  • Prompts learners to compare the monetary reward and manhunt for John Wilkes Booth to the search for Osama Bin Laden after the attacks of September 11, 2001

  • None
Common Core