Learner Description: This jigsaw activity was created as a collaborative learning tool for seventh grade history students studying Abraham Lincoln.

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Abraham Lincoln was one of the greatest presidents in American History. As the 16th President of the United States, Lincoln served as the President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Even though his tenure in office was brief, he led the country through its greatest, personal crisis to date, the American Civil War. In short, Lincoln’s presidency during this time spawned a number of historical events. They include the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, and Reconstruction. In the end, this self-educated, country lawyer became an individual that still warrants our admiration and study to this day.

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Abraham Lincoln Jigsaw Activity Instructions

At the beginning of this activity, students will be divided evenly into a “home group” of three. Within each “home group,” students will be given a number 1 through 3. After each student has been assigned a number, they will leave their “home group” and join an “expert group.” The “expert groups” are formed by students with the same designated “home group” number. For example, students that were assigned the number 2 in their “home group” will join all of the other number 2’s in an “expert group.” Secondly, the “expert groups” will learn about a specific, significant event in Lincoln’s presidency. Lastly, after each “expert group” has learned about their event, each individual member return to their “home group” to teach the other members about their particular event.

Please answer the following questions while working in your expert group:

  1. What event did you study?
  2. When did it take place?
  3. Where did it take place?
  4. What was the importance of this event?
  5. What were the outcomes of this event?
Abraham Lincoln Jigsaw Groups

Group Number

Event Name


Expert Group 1

Emancipation Proclamation

EP Lesson

EP National Archives

EP Library of Congress

Expert Group 2

Gettysburg Address

GA Library of Congress

GA Historical Handbook

GA Cornell University

Expert Group 3


Reconstruction Overview

Reconstruction Resource

Reconstruction Historiography