Activity Overview

In this activity, students will analyze and synthesize excerpts from the Emancipation Proclamation using a three columned T-Chart. To analyze the document as a whole, students will provide an excerpt, or direct quote in one column, what they believe the excerpt may mean in the second column, and a modern day interpretation of the excerpt in the last column. The organization of the chart will allow students to connect not only the meaning of the document, but also their own interpretation of the excerpt. This is critical in analyzing and synthesizing primary texts, and allows you to see how well students are comprehending the document.

Extended Activity

Have students write their own version of the Emancipation Proclamation from this activity, in their own words. Have them reiterate the rationale and meaning, but in contemporary language. This will allow students to connect and associate major concepts and themes within the document to their own learning styles.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard with modern interpretations of the Emancipation Proclamation.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the first column, enter the excerpts or quotes you have chosen.
  3. In the second column, describe the rationale behind the quote.
  4. In the third column, rephrase the quote in modern terminology.
  5. Create illustrations for each cell using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/2] Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/1] Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/2] Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/9] Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (e.g., Washington's Farewell Address, the Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt's Four Freedoms speech, King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"), including how they address related themes and concepts.

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