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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.
Help your learners truly understand the Emancipation Proclamation by asking them the put it into their own words. After reading the document out loud to the class, and briefly discussing the legal language, split your class into small groups for closer examination of passages from the text. Groups look up unknown and difficult vocabulary and rewrite the passage they have been assigned. Come back together as a class and read all the passages to get an idea of the text as a whole.
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.
Start your class on the Emancipation Proclamation. The entire text of the Proclamation is included here along with two questions to answer. Space is provided to allow pupils to write their responses right on the page. Use this as a quick assessment, or spend some time together marking the text before moving on to the questions. The resource is simple, but has a lot of potential.
Students compare and contrast 2 primary sources regarding slavery. In this historical perspectives instructional 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.  
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.
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.
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. 
Eighth graders examine the impact of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation through the eyes of Indiana soldiers. In this American Civil War lesson, 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.
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.
Students examine the Emancipation Proclamation. For this Emancipation Proclamation lesson, students examine the document and respond to 6 questions regarding it.
Students consider the impact of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation In this U.S. Constitution lesson, 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.
Students trace stages that led to Lincoln's formulation of Emancipation Proclamation. They explore range of contemporary public opinion on the issue of emancipation.
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.
Young scholars study the Emancipation Proclamation and analyze its meaning. In this Emancipation Proclamation lesson plan, students read the Emancipation Proclamation and supporting documents and decide if the slaves freed themselves or if Lincoln freed the slaves. Young scholars discuss their ideas and use graphic organizers to record their thoughts and information gained while studying.
Young scholars research the U.S. holiday Juneteenth and examine the historical elements that contributed to the delayed announcement of the emancipation of slaves in Texas. They recreate a facsimile of the Emancipation Proclamation with the look of an authentic historical document.
Learners 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). Learners 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.
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. 
Study history through photographs. In this visual arts and history lesson, students 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. Students will then artistically represent a picture of a moment surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation.
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.

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