The Emancipation Proclamation: Expanding The Goals Of The Civil War

Should Juneteenth be recognized as a national holiday? To prepare to take a stance on this question, young historians first analyze the Emancipation Proclamation and compare it to Lincoln's first Inaugural Address. Scholars then read an article describing Juneteenth and consider the connections between Juneteenth and emancipation. To conclude the lesson, class members prepare a speech that advocates their position on the question.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Print cards for the sorting activity on card stock and laminate to permit reuse
  • If class members are unfamiliar with the Elevator Speech format, set aside extra time to model the process

Classroom Considerations
  • Set aside extra prep time to load links to the documents on classroom devices and prepare copies
  • Includes answer keys for the card sort activity and the paired analysis chart
  • Comprehensive teacher notes are also included in the richly detailed plan
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