The Emancipation Proclamation

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The Emancipation Proclamation: one of the most important primary sources for studying American history! An interdisciplinary resource includes a reading of Abraham Lincoln's seminal speech quoted directly. Following the reading, pupils fill out short-answer questions about author's purpose and main idea.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Review how to effectively analyze primary sources before passing out the reading and handout
  • Engage the class in a discussion about the timing Lincoln chose for the Emancipation Proclamation and the tensions occurring in the United States of America 
Classroom Considerations

  • Teachers must print and distribute handouts

  • Builds primary source analysis skills
  • Includes questions that enhance critical thinking abilities

  • None
Common Core