Unit Plan

Emancipation: Does It Matter Who Freed the Slaves?

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Scholars generally agree on the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. This inquiry-based lesson asks high schoolers to consider more than the claims of who freed the enslaved people but the significance of the issues behind the claims. To gather background information, scholars watch a video, examine documents, images, articles, and arguments, then craft their claims backed by evidence from their research.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Some learners may need additional scaffolding to understand the importance of the central question and the significance of the implications
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires projection equipment for the video
  • Presumes instructors and learners are familiar with inquiry-based learning
  • The 32-page packet includes carefully scaffolded plans, links to the required materials, and both formative and summative performance tasks
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