Educator Resources

ALPLM is dedicated to supporting teachers who seek to create engaging and interactive learning environments for their students. To facilitate this goal, we provide guides for our core and temporary exhibits, classroom-ready resources, educator guides for teaching key topics relating to Lincoln’s life and legacy, and traveling trunk programs.

Additionally, we maintain a curated list of our favorite ALPLM primary source collections and share links to other sites whose collections we love. If you don’t find what you’re looking for today, check back often, because we update this section of the website regularly.  

If you’re interested in face-to-face or virtual workshops that cover implementation strategies for the lessons or resources you find in this section, check out our Professional Development section for a list of programs we offer. 

Illinois Gallery Exhibit Entrance

Exhibit Guides

Our Exhibit Guides provide insight into how students might engage with our core and temporary exhibits during your school's visit. They’re also great resources to prepare for pre-visit instruction or share with chaperones to facilitate a better experience in the museum.

Exhibit Guides

Teachers and students

Lesson Plans

ALPLM provides a variety of educator lesson plans covering topics from President Lincoln’s Life and Legacy, to the history of Illinois, to the use of technology during the Civil War...and many more! To learn more about the content we provide to engage your students, visit the Lesson Plans page.

Lesson Plans

Classroom

Teaching Guides

Created in partnership with our expert historians, our Teaching Guides cover key topics by providing background knowledge and up-to-date scholarship within the field.

Teaching Guides

Contents of a traveling trunk

Traveling Programs

Are you an Illinois educator interested in bringing the museum to your classroom? Consider checking out one of our four Traveling Programs. Each trunk includes a complete unit of study and replicas of documents and artifacts.

Traveling Programs

Photo of Abraham LIncoln

Our Favorite Resources

In addition to sharing our favorite internal resources for educators, the Our Favorite Resources section highlights the educator materials we love at other cultural heritage institutions too.

Our Favorite Resources

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