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Lesson in which students learn the difference between first- and second-hand accounts.They examine documents related to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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Discussion/Debate, Research, Visual/Spatial, Cooperative learning

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30 min

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  • Civil War, 1861-1865
  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Typical age range 12-14
  • Typical age range 10-12
  • History
  • Typical age range 16-18
  • Typical age range 14-16
  • Civil War
  • American History


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