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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.
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.
Students determine how President Lincoln promoted emancipation. In this slavery instructional activity, students examine primary documents, including the U.S. Constitution, to reconstruct Lincoln's attempts to end slavery and deliver the Emancipation Proclamation. Students respond to the provided discussion questions based on the documents.
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.
Students 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.  Students analyze Martin Luther King Jr. speeches
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.
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.
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.
Learners explore Abraham Lincoln's leadership during the Civil War. In this U.S. history and literacy instructional activity, students read a portion of Lincoln: A Photobiography and write an editorial concerning the Emancipation Proclamation. Learners rewrite the first paragraph of the Gettysburg Address after defining and finding synonyms for vocabulary words.
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.
High schoolers discover the story of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. In this American Civil War activity, students study the life of Robert Gould Shaw and the regiment he led. High schoolers research primary and secondary sources to learn about the campaign and write reflective essays.
Fifth graders hold a press conference with Abraham Lincoln.
Students examine the time period of the Harlem Renaissance. As a class, they are introduced to five artists and discuss their art and techniques. Using the internet, they also research the philosophers of the time period and how situations were different after the movement. To end the lesson, they create their own artwork based on the techniques of the five artists examined at the beginning of the lesson.
Students investigate slavery by researching the Underground Railroad and Emancipation Proclamation. In this Civil Rights lesson, students view a PowerPoint slide-show of images from the Civil War and Civil Rights era. Students create a time capsule demonstrating the current state of civil rights in the United States of America.
Young scholars explore the life of former slave George Gilmore. In this US History lesson, students analyze primary source documents and use data from these selections to inform the decision making process. Young scholars demonstrate reasoning skills to explain their response to a controversial situation.
Students research Abraham Lincoln in a variety of ways. In this Abraham Lincoln lesson plan, students use primary sources, vocabulary activities, books, and more to research and learn about Abraham Lincoln.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this Civil War lesson, students examine the service of African Americans in the Civil War and consider their plight to secure the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
In this Abraham Lincoln activity, learners read a passage about Abraham Lincoln and answer short answer questions about him. Students complete 5 questions.
“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.

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