Written by Kaye Passmore and Amy Trenkle for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Picturing Lincoln is another Picturing America lesson plan. Using art as a medium to teach, students are asked to look at a photograph of Abraham Lincoln and make assessments. Later, students read a short biography of the president before exercising their creative skills in the forms of both poetry and artwork. The lesson plan is suggested for grades six through eight.
While the lesson plan offers an imaginative way for students to learn, one of the suggested extended activities, the interactive image assessment tool, allows students to become active learners. By clicking on various parts of Alexander Gardner’s February 5, 1865 photograph, students learn a fact before being encouraged to jot down any notes or questions they might have. While the activity is meant to be worked individually (with students emailing or printing out their responses), depending on individual class needs it could easily be adapted to be completed in small groups or as a whole.