Juneteenth Lesson

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This fantastic lesson plan on Juneteenth is an excellent resource to learn about the holiday during your Civil War or Reconstruction units, Black History Month, or at the end of the year!

It includes a full lesson plan detailing how to use all of the great resources included. There's a few video links to use as an introduction before students create an essential question about Juneteenth (several are also included as examples or to assign to students). Students then receive a worksheet to use for collect evidence towards the essential question.

The evidence comes from a secondary source reading and 9 primary sources. The primary sources include interview excerpts from formerly enslaved men and women, images of Juneteenth celebrations, and James Weldon Johnson's Black National Anthem.

After collecting their evidence, students answer the essential question. A rubric for scoring this is included.

An editable Google Docs version of the lesson is also included!

This resource can also be downloaded as part of my Civil War and Reconstruction Complete Unit Bundle!

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90 minutes
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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.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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