Emancipation Proclamation

In our Emancipation Proclamation lesson plan, students learn about the Emancipation Proclamation, including what it was, what it did, and what its lasting impact on U.S. history is. Students read passages from the document and learn its significance in relation to the Civil War.

Our Emancipation Proclamation lesson plan 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. During this lesson, students are asked to read a passage from the Emancipation Proclamation and rewrite and edit it using their own words, updating it to help readers easily understand the information. Students are also asked to identify which states were Southern Confederate states and which were Border States, testing their understanding of the lesson material.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define and explain the Emancipation Proclamation, how it relates to the Civil War and its importance in history.

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

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subject

Social Studies

grade-level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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