Emancipation Proclamation

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The lesson introduces students to the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln as the first step in freeing the slaves during the 1860s.  Many students may have heard of the document but do not know the details or history of the document.  The lesson could be used in conjunction with lessons related to the Civil War, slavery, or Abraham Lincoln.

Emancipation Proclamation Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln as the first step in freeing the slaves during the 1860s.  Many students may have heard of the document but do not know the details or history of the document.  The lesson could be used in conjunction with lessons related to the Civil War, slavery, or Abraham Lincoln.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask students what they think life would be like as a slave.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they know how slavery in the U.S. ended.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce the Emancipation Proclamation.
  4. Distribute Emancipation Proclamation content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Allow students time to edit and rewrite the Proclamation.  Provide dictionaries if necessary and additional writing paper.
  6. Once completed, the students take turns reading allowed the NEW Proclamation.
  7. Ask students to vote on the Proclamation that is the most well-written and easiest to understand.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Ask students to correct the false statements.
  10. In closing, ask students: If you were President of the United States today, what NEW Proclamation would you declare for the citizens of the U.S.?  Why?

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6.4

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies

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