Juneteenth General Order

While Juneteenth was more than 150 years ago, today Americans debate whether it should be a national holiday. Using a military declaration proclaiming the last of the enslaved people in Texas free, individuals look at the significance of this moment. A set of prompts helps them analyze the document and discuss how the event should be remembered.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the resource to stimulate a classroom debate on making Juneteenth a federal holiday
  • Offer the activity as a part of study of Civil War
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members need to access a computer for the activity
  • Activity makes connections between historical events and today
  • Zoom features allow for class members to get up close to an important document
  • While there is a submission feature on the activity, it is not clear to whom the answers go