The Emancipation Proclamation - a common core introduction

Robert Walton
Grade Levels
8th - 11th
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7 pages
Robert Walton


The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1st, 1863. Other than our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, there is no more important primary document in our nation’s history. I hope that the common core activities I’ve prepared will open this document for young people. I’ve provided the full text of the Proclamation, vocabulary building, directed reading, reciprocal teaching questions and a poster assignment to help involve students with this crucial marker of our shared heritage.

I appreciate your interest in our Civil War! Please take a look at my other Civil War primary document units listed here on TPT. They include The Battle Hymn of the Republic, The Pickets - a short story by Robert W. Chambers, At Chancellorsville - a poem by Andrew Hudgins, Glory - a letter from a soldier of the 54th Massachusetts, Herman Melville's "Shiloh", and Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address.

Also, if you and your students enjoyed this unit, you might be interested in my YA Civil War novel Dawn Drums. I taught U.S History for many years and was frustrated by the narrow stories related by texts. There were no women, no freed slaves, no ordinary people of any sort. I found other sources, especially Norman Yetman’s Voices from Slavery, to use with my students. These other stories pushed me into writing about the War’s last year and telling about it through the words and experiences of Almira, Lulu and others. Here’s a Kindle link for Dawn Drums:


Total Pages
7 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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