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Lincoln Movie Lesson Plan


  • This resource is a downloadable PDF
  • Ideal for Grades 8-12
  • Perfect for History, Character Education, or Leadership classes
  • Aligned to Common Core State Standards
  • Activities designed to help students meet Social & Emotional Learning Competencies

Lincoln Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers bring the amazing leadership example of Abraham Lincoln into their classroom.

After completing Lincoln Movie Lesson Plan, students will gain an understanding of seeking excellence, being a lighthouse, and knowing their integrity.

Abraham Lincoln was known as the Great Emancipator. But his ability to take action came from great reflection and calculation inside himself. And the results he achieved came from overcoming a variety of obstacles. In the movie Lincoln, we see Lincoln’s push at the end of his life to pass the 13th Amendment ending slavery in the United States. As easy as the history books often make this achievement sound, this movie shows the emotions and actions which played out during this momentous time.

Lincoln Movie Lesson Plan teaches us that greatness doesn’t come from your role…it comes from how you execute your role. Abraham Lincoln is one of the most studied people on the planet. But we discover that as many great things as he did, Lincoln still lived a human experience much like the rest of us. But by being true to his principles in that experience, he has become a lighthouse that helps give us direction, guidance, and hope.

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie Lincoln, which has a rating of PG-13 (intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language) and a run time of 2 hours and 30 minutes.


Each of our Leadership at the Movies lesson plans includes the following activities:

✅ Reflection: allows students to journal about one of the movie’s themes prior to watching.

✅ Analysis: questions and prompts to analyze the characters, plot, and climax of the movie.

✅ Practice & Discussion: a partner/group activity that takes the principles of the movie and asks students to take action and grow in their own lives.

✅ Extension: a RAFT (Role-Audience-Format-Topic) writing prompt to help students apply their new knowledge.

✅ Lead for Impact: challenges students to pinpoint how the hero of the story exhibited The 12 Fundamentals of Impact and then synthesize how they can apply the lessons to writing their own story.


WARNING: This is a DEEP LEARNING lesson plan to help students employ a LEADERSHIP approach to SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING.

These activities are designed to help students meet the following Social & Emotional Learning Competencies as outlined by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL):

⭐ Develop SELF-AWARENESS and SELF-MANAGEMENT skills to achieve school and life success.

⭐ Use SOCIAL-AWARENESS and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS.

⭐ Demonstrate DECISION-MAKING skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.


The activities in Lincoln Movie Lesson Plan will challenge students to move closer to mastery in the following skills: leadership, cooperation with others, creativity, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, problem solving, and judgment and decision making.

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