An interesting one-day lesson that introduces the Emancipation Proclamation. It starts with students reading a variety of quotes about African-Americans and having them write them in their own words. These quotes range from racist condenscensions to ones an abolitionist might say. When you announce these were all said by the same person, the students are surprised. When they discover that person was Abraham Lincoln, they are astonished.
This leads to an unpredictable discussion about judging different time periods, politicians, and Abraham Lincoln's image. Next, the class knowningly reads another famous Lincoln quote, from the Emancipation Proclamation, and completes a worksheet that helps understand exactly what this meant.
Also included is a homework assignment that I have had a lot of success with. Hope you enjoy this!
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