Deciphering the Document: Unlocking the Meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation

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.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Jigsaw style allows small groups to do a detailed close read of a complex text and still be exposed to the rewritten version of the entire text
Cons

  • The writing in the plan itself has some grammatical errors (sentence fragments, etc.)
  • Includes an assessment that is not fully supported by the materials and procedures described
Common Core