Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 Teacher Resources
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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.
Attitudes Toward Emancipation
Young scholars read the Emancipation Proclamation and investigate steps that led to its signing. They read and discuss period news articles from both sides of the argument and create portfolios of documentation supporting both sides.
Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation: Race Relations in the South
A good outline to a larger project, these slides pose questions about Abraham Lincoln's views, motives, and politics surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation. The discussion questions and key points are helpful in the context of a thorough lecture, though they depend on a list of resources (detailed in slide 3). With those resources, this slideshow could become a good group project or individual research assignment.
Exploring the Eras of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Movement
Eighth graders utilize many sources (books, computer, magazines, etc...) to research the eras of the Emancipation Proclamation and Civil Rights Movement and create a T-Chart comparison.
Heroes in Art
Students examine the life, portraits and speeches of Frederick Douglass. They consider what made his speeches effective and why he is regarded as a national hero. They write an original speech.
Who Freed the Slaves During the Civil War?
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!
The Civil War: A Nation Divided
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.
Looking for Lincoln's Views on Slavery
Learners 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.
U.S. Set to Celebrate Lincoln Bicentennial
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 lesson 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.
Formal and Informal Language
“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.
Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Constitution
Young scholars determine how President Lincoln promoted emancipation. In this slavery lesson, students examine primary documents, including the U.S. Constitution, to reconstruct Lincoln's attempts to end slavery and deliver the Emancipation Proclamation. Young scholars respond to the provided discussion questions based on the documents.
American Civil War: Conflicting Newspaper Reports
Young scholars examine the happenings at the Battle of Antietam from all sides. In 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.
The End of Slavery in the United States DBQ
Fifth graders reflect on what slavery might have been like. In this U. S. history lesson, 5th graders, participate in a class discussion about slavery, then create a timeline of what a slave's life might have looked like.
Land, Liberty and the Struggle for the American Dream
Students investigate equality by reading a historical fiction book in class. In this civil rights instructional activity, 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. Students analyze Martin Luther King Jr. speeches
Black History Month - Past to Present, Grades 4-6
Students complete a unit on Black History Month. They explore various websites, develop a diagram of the Underground Railroad, create a postage stamp for an African American, and develop a resume for an African American scientist.
Black Kentuckians and the Civil War
Students demonstrate how the American Civil War affected black Kentuckians socially and politically. They identify and discuss the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which forced the end of slavery in Kentucky months after the Civil War ended.
Breaking the Chains, Rising Out of Circumstances
Discuss the history of slavery by analyzing historic photography depicting slavery. Learners write fictional stories based on these photographs. This is a creative and motivating way to launch a discussion of these topics.
Are We Free Yet?
Students read excerpts from several Freedom Documents, evaluate amount of freedom guaranteed by each document, and rank documents on scale to determine which grant greatest and least amount of personal freedom.
In this Abraham Lincoln worksheet, 4th graders read a time line of events in Lincoln's life and fill in 16 blanks based on the time line. The blanks are in the context of a paragraph with sentence clues.
Contributions of Famous Americans; Abraham Lincoln
Students investigate U.S. history by researching Abraham Lincoln's achievements. For this Presidential biography lesson, students practice writing letters and stories explaining the accomplishments of President Lincoln during his tenure. Students collaborate in groups to present information about the Emancipation Proclamation and Slavery.