Gettysburg Address & Emancipation Proclamation Primary Source Analysis

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7th - 11th
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Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address & Emancipation Proclamation Primary Source Analysis

Included in this lesson are 9 primary sources that refer to either President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address or the Emancipation Proclamation. These include political cartoons and newspaper accounts of each one. Students must first correctly match the source and then describe its view in the box.

After analyzing each of the 9 sources, students compose a short essay on the back page explaining which they feel had a bigger impact on America today: the Gettysburg Address or Emancipation Proclamation.

Full texts of both the Gettysburg Address or Emancipation Proclamation are included as well as images of each one.

This is an excellent group activity with the concluding essay being individual work for homework or in class. By working together on the primary sources, students can share ideas that they will then incorporate into their own essays.

An editable Google Doc version of the activity and answer key are both included for your convenience!

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Total Pages
13 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.


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