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Discuss the differences between the North and the South and how those differences led to the Civil War. Middle schoolers examine and analyze a famous speech or writing by President Lincoln in order to better understand the speaker's argument and discuss the conflicting opinions of the President during the war. After analyzing the speech or writing, learners write an essay in which they briefly summarize the speech.
Students explore the life of former slave George Gilmore. In this US History lesson plan, students analyze primary source documents and use data from these selections to inform the decision making process. Students demonstrate reasoning skills to explain their response to a controversial situation.
Pose the question to your historians: who really freed the slaves? They critically assess various arguments, using primary sources as evidence. In small groups, scholars jigsaw 5 primary source documents (linked), and fill out an analysis worksheet (also linked). They present their findings to the class through 3 basic "who-what-why" questions. Then, they complete a "weighing the evidence" worksheet, determining the answer to the essential question. This is a clean and inclusive lesson plan!
Students reflect on Abraham Lincoln's views of slavery. In this United States History lesson, students analyze how things have changed in the United States over the course of their lifetime, then use this information as a comparison to how Lincoln's views on slavery changed over the course of his presidency.
Students use a news article about the celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial to answer questions about Abraham Lincoln and the celebration. In this current events and US history instructional activity based on a news article, students participate in a think-pair-share reading discussion and, while learning about Lincoln's life, think of appropriate nicknames for him. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
“C u l8r @ skool.” As part of a study of formal and informal language, class members examine excerpts from Lil’ Boosie lyrics, the Emancipation Proclamation, a speech by Martin Luther King. Links to the resources not provided; however, they are readily available on the Internet.
Learners investigate U.S. history by researching Abraham Lincoln's achievements. In this Presidential biography instructional activity, students practice writing letters and stories explaining the accomplishments of President Lincoln during his tenure. Learners collaborate in groups to present information about the Emancipation Proclamation and Slavery.
High schoolers determine how President Lincoln promoted emancipation. In this slavery activity, students examine primary documents, including the U.S. Constitution, to reconstruct Lincoln's attempts to end slavery and deliver the Emancipation Proclamation. High schoolers respond to the provided discussion questions based on the documents.
Students examine the happenings at the Battle of Antietam from all sides. For this American Civil War lesson, students analyze newspapers accounts from different perspectives regarding the battle and then write their own accounts of the battle from Northern and Southern perspectives.
Learners investigate equality by reading a historical fiction book in class. In this civil rights lesson, students read the story Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry with their classmates and define the Jim Crow Laws that kept blacks imprisoned in the United States. Learners analyze Martin Luther King Jr. speeches
Eighth graders determine why Hoosier soldiers were willing to fight in the American Civil War. In this Civil War lesson, 8th graders listen to a lecture about the involvement of Indiana soldiers in the war and then conduct research about the war effort. Students then debate their findings.