Abraham Lincoln Assassination: A CSI Investigation on Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Mary Surratt, and more!
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In this highly-engaging CSI investigation, students investigate the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. Even more, students become experts about Booth's conspiracy and plan to overthrow the entire Union government following the Civil War.
Students investigate the roles of Lewis Powell (also known as Lewis Payne), Dr. Samuel Mudd, George Atzerodt, Mary Surratt, Willie Jett, David Herold, Secretary of State William Seward, and Vice President Andrew Johnson.
In this CSI investigation on Lincoln's assassination, students analyze 7 different sources intended to engage all learners. Students read mock testimony, transcripts, police reports, and letters, and document all of their evidence in their case document guide! Once finished, students determine the guilt or innocence of Booth's co-conspirators based on the evidence!
This resource includes a paper in-class version and a 1:1 Google compatible version to be used in conjunction with Google Classroom. Just follow the included instructions for how to access the Google version, then share the resource through Google or assign via Google Classroom. This will allow students to type directly into the document!
Enjoy this engaging and Common Core focused activity that is guaranteed to excite your students!
Pair this CSI lesson with the Abraham Lincoln DBQ to both engage and challenge your students on the study of Abraham Lincoln!
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