THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION AND THE THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT

In this lesson students will study the Emancipation Proclamation and its effect on slavery and abolition. Students will also learn how the Emancipation Proclamation led to the Thirteenth Amendment.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
8.76
Describe Abraham Lincoln's presidency and his significant writings and speeches, including his House Divided speech in 1858, Gettysburg Address in 1863, Emancipation...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.6
Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.7
Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.9
Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts,...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.2
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g.,...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event...
GLE 0801.2.7
Participate in work teams and group discussions.
GLE 0801.3.3
Organize ideas into an essay with an introduction, developing paragraphs, conclusion, and appropriate transitions.
GLE 0801.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
GLE 0801.4.3
Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information gathered from websites.
GLE 0801.5.5
Explore the concept of premises, including false premises.
SPI 0801.2.7
Select the most appropriate strategies for participating productively in a team (e.g., gain the floor in orderly ways, meet or set deadlines for completing each...
SPI 0801.2.8
Identify the functions and responsibilities of individuals within an organized group (i.e., reporter, recorder, information gatherer, leader, timekeeper).
SPI 0801.3.11
Identify individual written selections as technical, narrative, persuasive, and/or descriptive in mode.
SPI 0801.3.5
Select appropriate time-order or transitional words/phrases to enhance the flow of a writing sample.
SPI 0801.3.8
Select vivid words to strengthen a description (adjective or adverb) within a writing sample or passage.
SPI 0801.3.9
Select illustrations, explanations, anecdotes, descriptions and/or facts to support key ideas.
SPI 0801.4.2
Identify levels of reliability among resources (e.g., eyewitness account, newspaper account, supermarket tabloid account, Internet source).
SPI 0801.7.3
Identify the purpose of a medium (i.e., to inform, to persuade, to entertain, to describe).
SPI 0801.7.5
Choose the statement that best summarizes/communicates the message presented by a medium.
SPI 0801.8.14
Identify the authors purpose for writing.
TSS.ELA.8.RI.CS.6
Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
TSS.ELA.8.RI.IKI.7
Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums to present a particular topic or idea.
TSS.ELA.8.RL.CS.6
Analyze how similarities and differences in the points of view of the audience and the characters create effects such as suspense, humor, or dramatic irony.
TSS.ELA.8.RL.IKI.7
Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from a text or script, evaluating the choices made...
TSS.ELA.8.SL.CC.1
Prepare for collaborative discussions on 8th grade level topics and texts; engage effectively with varied partners, building on others' ideas and...
TSS.ELA.8.SL.CC.2
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media formats; evaluate the motives, such as social, commercial, and political, behind its presentation.
TSS.ELA.8.W.TTP.1
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
TSS.ELA.8.W.TTP.3
Write narratives (fiction and nonfiction) to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, relevant descriptive details, and...
 
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Learning objectives: 

Students will analyze primary source documents to learn about the Emancipation Proclamation and its connection to the Thirteenth Amendment.

Essential and guiding questions: 
  • What were the limitations of the Emancipation Proclamation and how did it lead to the Thirteenth Amendment?
  • How did the public view the Emancipation Proclamation?

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Applying
Extension suggestions: 
  • Have the students study the Emancipation print, and the Behold Oh! America, Your sons print. Have them write a paragraph that answers the following questions: Is Lincoln presented as a hero or a villain? What are the similarities in the portrayals? What is the audience for the prints? Do you think the artists are Union sympathizers or Confederate sympathizers?
  • Have the students read editorials from Harper’s Weekly 13th Amendment website. Ask them to write their own editorial about whether the 13th Amendment is needed to abolish slavery.
  • Have the students create a print commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in 2013. 

Helpful Hints

Materials Used:

  • Primary Source Analysis Tool
  • Analyzing Photographs and Prints Teachers Guide
  • Analyzing Political Cartoons Teachers Guide