As students study the Emancipation Proclamation, they should understand the sequence of events that led to the creation of the document and the historical context in which it was created. Using a timeline layout, students will explain the events of the Civil War that led to the Proclamation. There are several events that students can include, from violent encounters throughout the war, or political steps taken by Lincoln and Congress, to other primary source documents. The completed project will also serve as a way for students to grasp on the historical events that led to this pivotal moment in the American Civil War.
For an alternative to the timeline layout, have students create a timeline poster to incorporate into a presentation or gallery walk. You can add more than one template to this assignment to give students lots of options, and update the instructions accordingly.
Have students create a timeline post-Emancipation Proclamation. Students should research what happened in response to the Emancipation Proclamation, both the positive and negative results. This will help students gauge the historical effects and events that result from this seminal document.
Grade Level 9-12
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
Type of Activity: TimelinesCommon Core Standards
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Create a timeline that illustrates the major events leading to the Emancipation Proclamation.
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
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Events and Dates
The events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. The dates provided are correct.
Most of the events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. Most of the dates provided are correct.
Some of the events chosen for the timeline are significant. There may be missing events, or events that are irrelevant. Too many dates may be incorrect.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are accurate and provide insight into the significance of the events.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are mostly accurate and attempt to provide insight into the significance of the events.
There are several glaring inaccuracies in the explanations or descriptions of the events. There may be little or no insight int the significance of the events, or the information provided may be too limited or missing.
There are 0-2 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 3-4 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 5 or more mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
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