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New! An Emancipation Proclamation Map Lesson
Did the Emancipation Proclamation free all slaves during the Civil War? Why was it written, and what were its immediate and long-term effects? After reading primary source materials, constructing political maps representing information gleaned from the sources, and asking questions in discussion, your young historians will distinguish between the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment and consider the lasting impacts of these documents on the trajectory of slavery in the United States.
The Emancipation Proclamation Through Different Eyes
Students examine how various segments of the American population viewed the Emancipation Proclamation. They read the Emancipation Proclamation, analyze key terms and statements in the document, and participate in a debate.
The Emancipation Proclamation
Middle schoolers read one of the most important documents in our nation's history: The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. After everyone reads the proclamation, they set out to write a "You Were There" type of report on it. They pretend to be slave who have just heard the news, and write down their reactions and emotions. All of the reports are typed up and shared with the class.
Comparing Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation (1862) and Alexander II's Emancipation Manifesto (1861)
Young scholars compare and contrast 2 primary sources regarding slavery. In this historical perspectives activity, student analyze and compare Abraham Lincoln’s American Emancipation Proclamation and Alexander II's Russian Emancipation Manifesto. Students also compare slavery conditions in America and Russia when the documents were written.
The Emancipation Proclamation
Students explore the historical importance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In this United States History lesson, students use the internet to research the specific events that were centered around the Emancipation Proclamation, then complete a K-W-L Chart and write questions that are in "Jeopardy" format.
Students analyze key components of a portrait and relate the elements to the historical context. In this lesson students evaluate the "Emancipation Proclamation" and it's significance.
Freedom at Antietam
Explore how the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation affected everyday individuals in the Civil War era. Learners are given the opportunity to read and evaluate primary and secondary source material, and then to compose a writing assessment from the perspective of a historical character. While there is less step-by-step direction in the lesson plan, the guidelines do offer an outline and good material for a smaller unit. Given the wide range of primary source material offered by the links, save time by choosing particular sources rather than having the class browse the sites on their own.
Hoosier Soldiers and the Emancipation Proclamation
Eighth graders examine the impact of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation through the eyes of Indiana soldiers. In this American Civil War instructional activity, 8th graders read the proclamation and then students write essays that included letters written from the perspective of Indiana soldiers about the proclamation and the war.
Students examine the Emancipation Proclamation. In this Emancipation Proclamation lesson, students examine the document and respond to 6 questions regarding it.
Presidents and the Constitution: Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
Students consider the impact of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation In this U.S. Constitution instructional activity, students read a narrative regarding the move by Lincoln to officially end slavery. Students take notes on the case and respond to discussion questions regarding the narrative.
Freedom from Slavery
Students examine and discuss John Quincy Adams Ward's The Freedman. On the Web, they read the Emancipation Proclamation in its original hand as well as slave narratives and discuss what they have learned.
Active Viewing: Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Young historians consider the cause and effects of the Emancipation Proclamation. They use handouts, response sheets, and class discussion to build an opinion about the subject after viewing the PBS documentary Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided. This is a very good lesson that should get your learners into critical thinking.
Attitudes Toward Emancipation
Learners trace stages that led to Lincoln's formulation of Emancipation Proclamation. They explore range of contemporary public opinion on the issue of emancipation.
Documents of Freedom: Are We the People?
Students read excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and the Emancipation Proclamation. After reading, they write a response to one of them based on a profile they were given before beginning the lesson. They use the internet to check for historical accuracy.
A Slave No More
Students discover what it was like to cross into freedom. In this slavery lesson, students read the "Emancipation Proclamation," and letters written by Abraham Lincoln and John Washington (a former slave). Students identify the key ideas of the proclamation and use the knowledge gained from the letters to write their own series of letters that might have been written between Lincoln and Washington about their ideologies and personal interests.
Lincoln Frees the Slaves
Read about Abraham Lincoln, slavery, and the Civil War, then analyze a quote and a painting. Learners read the provided background information then answer three questions related to Lincoln's views of the Civil War. They analyze a painting of Lincoln in relation to a quote from the Emancipation Proclamation.
Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln
Students discuss the significance of the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation and the assassination of Lincoln. They analyze how historians use evidence and develop differing interpretations. Students examine historical bias and point of view to comprehend that although the past tends to be viewed in terms of present values.
Breaking the Chains: Rising Out of Circumstances
Study history through photographs. In this visual arts and history lesson, high schoolers learn to analyze photographs to discover details about life during the Civil War era. Students write journal entries as if they are the African-American individuals pictured in the photographs. High schoolers will then artistically represent a picture of a moment surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation.
Attitudes Toward Emancipation
Students evaluate the provisions of the Emancipation Proclamation. They trace the stages that led to Lincoln's formulation of this policy. Explore the range of contemporary public opinion on the issue of emancipation.
Lincoln, the Great Emancipator?
Students examine the motivating factors that prompted Lincoln to draft the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. They examine Lincoln's social and political beliefs, particularly as they pertained to slavery and race in the United States.